I may disagree with Mr. Flake on policy, but I consider him an honorable man, a loyal friend and a valued colleague. His retirement is deeply troubling to me because he represents a principled and patriotic Republican Party, one that has long championed strong American leadership around the world, and one I now fear is falling apart.
I call BS.
Mr Coons and his colleagues have never regarded the Republican Party as “principled and patriotic.” No, they declared that Republicans have a “War on Women,” that Republicans hate gays and immigrants, that Republicans want to destroy the environment, want to put black people into chains. All assertions Mr Coons has never objected to when they were being levied by Democrats.
His article goes on to sanctimoniously preen about the “corrosion” of the political culture; a corrosion that he never found objectionable before, but now that the Democrats are looking to drive a wedge between PDT and Republicans, he suddenly pretends to care about civility.
If Jeb Bush or John Kasich were president, the attacks against them would be no less vicious than the attacks are against PDT. The only difference is Trump fights back. After two Bush punching bag presidencies where the Oval Office was occupied by men who thought defending the right against attacks from the left was ungentlemanly and beneath them, the left is confounded to have a president who stands up for himself. One may disagree with the way he defends himself, but it is indeed a change from how Republicans normally operate.
To engage in ruthless attacks while sanctimoniously demanding civility from the other side is not a change from how Democrats normally operate.