Victor Davis Hanson notes something that could well become a Berg’s Law: Republican Presidents are always “literally Hitler” until another Republiican is in office:
Once a Republican president loses an election or retires after two terms — and is followed by a liberal Democrat — his reputation hits bottom. But once a new Republican president enters office, the prior and now-powerless Republican ex-president is airbrushed into a model of statesmanship to contrast the ogre currently in the White House.
Republican presidencies are seen on a downward spiral of always becoming worse — by always redefining formerly despised presidents as at least better than their monstrous successors.
When a conservative president has the power to enact a conservative agenda, he is a media demon compared with his now-saintly Republican predecessors. Of course, in retirement, they have no power to do anything.
Such reinvention insidiously works to keep former Republican presidents quiet.
One wonders what rhetorical wonders await whomever wins the presidency after Trump…