I’m codifying this as Berg’s Eighth Law:
Democrats will only profess respect for a Republican when it serves their direct interest.
The examples are legion; John McCain was every Dem’s favorite Republican – until he became a threat. And mark my words – if Chuck Hagel had a consertive epiphany tomorrow, he’s be demonized as well. In Minnesota, it’s the same thing; to the likes of Lori Sturdevant (who is as perfect a totem as exists for the Twin Cities’ media’s attitude on politics) the only Republicans that count are the ones like Ron Erhard, the ones that are indistinguishable from DFLers.
I found this bit from John Nichols’ exceedingly dim hit piece in The Nation just after I published my last one; I add emphasis:
Famously, Maine Senator Collins, the supposedly moderate Republican who demanded cuts in health care spending in exchange for her support of a watered-down version of the stimulus, fumed about the pandemic funding: “Does it belong in this bill? Should we have $870 million in this bill No, we should not.”
Even now, Collins continues to use her official website to highlight the fact that she led the fight to strip the pandemic preparedness money out of the Senate’s version of the stimulus measure.
I suspect Sue Collins, having offended her Democrat masters, won’t be doing lunch in DC for a while.
And in conclusion, a line almost too stupid even for Grace Kelly:
Did Rove, Collins and their compatriots want a pandemic?
I said “almost”.