What is it about Democrats that they only seem to note how polarized things have become when they hear criticism of their fellow partisans? Now, once and current California Governor Jerry Brown has joined the chorus:
Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday decried a political tone in the state Capitol and across the nation that he says is more hostile than when he was California governor from 1975 to 1983.
“What is the vision today? The vision is divisiveness,” Brown told a gathering of black state lawmakers in Sacramento. “I mean, I know politics is always negative … but the attacks on President Obama go beyond what is usual.”
Maybe the Democrat missed some of the vitriol hurled against his gubernatorial predecessor (the first time around) when that great man was president. Back when the Democratic Speaker of the House called the greatest domestic policy president of the twentieth century “evil” and “mean”. And that was just one voice. Others included:
Democratic Congressman William Clay of Missouri charged that Reagan was “trying to replace the Bill of Rights with fascist precepts lifted verbatim from Mein Kampf.” Who can forget the desperate Jimmy Carter charging that Reagan was engaging in “stirrings of hate” in the 1980s campaign. Los Angeles Times cartoonist Paul Conrad drew a panel depicting Reagan plotting a fascist putsch in a darkened Munich beer hall.
Let’s not forget the climate of hate existing in some sectors of the left during the George W. Bush Administration. I don’t recall hear then-candidate Jerry telling the public employee unions to pull their ads attacking (some dishonestly) his opponent Meg Whitman in last fall’s gubernatorial campaign.
Nor do I recall him disciplining an associate for calling that accomplished woman a “whore.”
Did Brown ever say the attacks on George W. Bush went beyond what is usual–while that good man was in office?