Not five minutes ago, Bill O'Reilly just asked Newt Gingrich if he'd ever seen the kind of partisan attacks as the Democrats are inflicting on President Bush. O'Reilly swore that he just couldn't remember such a disgraceful show.
I can. So can Molly Ivins:
You may have forgotten Newt's advice to Republicans before the 1994 congressional elections, but I haven't. That was the infamous memo from his political action committee, GOPAC, saying that the R's should describe their D opponents — no matter who they were or what their records — as "sick," "pathetic," "bizarre," "twisted" and "traitor." If you want to know when and why civil political discourse in this country broke down, try that memo.
And remember philanderer and fatherer of illegitimate children, former Indiana congressman Dan Burton?
A self-described "pit bull" of the political right, Burton made headlines last April when he told the editorial board of the Indianapolis Star: "If I could prove 10 percent of what I believe happened, he'd [Clinton] be gone. This guy's a scumbag. That's why I'm after him." The comment earned him a mountain of rebuke from colleagues and the press. "Dan Burton is a crude, crass man who is a disgrace to his district, his state, his party and the House," the Chicago Tribune editorialized. Burton refused to apologize.
Senator Robert Bennett (R-UT):
(Bill Clinton is) The most accomplished, polished liar that we have ever had serving in the White House.
How about, more recently, former Bush speechwriter and current National Review columnist David Frum who wrote, just last week:
(M)aybe (General Wesley Clark) figures that military defeat plus baby-burning is an unbeatable platform in a Democratic primary.
There's much, much more.
Bill O'Reilly is not only a dishonest prick, but he also thinks you're stupid.