What does one call this? Hypocrisy? A double standard? The political paradox of our times?
The official Republican position on bipartisanship is evidently:
— Democrats are required to display bipartisanship (and to be mercilessly excoriated at all times for failing to do so, even if they actually display it)
— Republicans are forbidden to display bipartisanship (and to be mercilessly criticized, and censured, if they actually display it)
Here’s the latest, and most blatant, piece of evidence:
On Monday, the Charleston County Republican Party’s executive committee “took the unusual step” of officially censuring Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). The local GOP committee admonished Graham for stepping across party lines to work with Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) on a bipartisan clean energy bill and other pieces of legislation. The censure stated that Graham’s “bipartisanship continues to weaken the Republican brand and tarnish the ideals of freedom.”
Since the Republican Party is so top-heavy with brilliant thinkers, any day now we can expect one of them to step up to the mike — based on the “fools rush in” principle, my money would have to be on Michael Steele — and explain to us the political mechanics of one party displaying bipartisanship all by itself.