Yesterday evening on Special Report with Brit Hume Charles Krauthammer made an interesting point. He said that both parties seemed to be trying to create an ideological purity. This not only included the banishment of Joe Lieberman among the Democrats but the virtual disappearance of the old fashioned northeastern Republican from national politics.
Remember Thomas Dewey, the man who almost beat Harry Truman? Could someone like that get the GOP nomination today? Could Jack Kennedy get the Democratic nomination? What would the reaction be to his bear any burden speech?
So where does this leave Giuliani and Bayh? Where does that leave all those Americans who do not fit into either base? Because it seems to me that a time when both parties need to be bringing people in they are in fact driving people away. They are becoming more partisan at a time when more and more people are showing signs of Independence.
I thought this might be a phase,a temporary state of affairs, and yet when I see the Mexican election looking and sounding so much like the 2000 election up here I wonder if there is a larger shift toward polarizing politics. Is what we see here in the US a part of something being played out in other parts of the world as well?
And what part does media play in all that? How much of the division we see is real and profound and how much is the corrosive effect of the MSM imitating Eddie Haskell?
You look lovely today Mrs. Cleaver. And how is the little fellow? Did he recover from his adventure? Oh didn't he mention his trouble? Well it is not my place to carry tales Mrs. Cleaver.