If I quoted the pertinent excerpts of this Michael Barone essay on “The Disappearing ‘Us’“, I’d end up pasting in the whole piece. So, as they say in the Blogosphere, read the whole thing.
Back in 1976, when the news was still a liberal mass media monolith, Bob Dole was widely (and I think appropriately)
demonized excoriated by journalists for referring to America’s 20th century conflicts as “Democrat Wars“, based on who was in office when those wars were declared. The silence amongst today’s media when politicians on the other side of the aisle make remarks as equally as egregious as Dole’s is simply yet another example of The Dog That Didn’t Bark.