I had friend in high school, and reading over the outpouring of praise for John Warner (here and elsewhere) brings to mind something she often said about her boyfriend – “But he’s really great when he’s not hitting me!”
Yeah. Some things really shouldn’t be overlooked.
I really don’t understand this rush to praise – as decent and honorable – someone who hasn’t been that at all, when it’s come to the important things over the past six years. Does it arise from some need to convince ourselves that there really are decent Republicans left out there? The traditional aversion of the eyes from the bad that comes when someone announces a retirement? Perhaps that he’s been your Senator for as long as you can remember?
What purpose does it serve to excuse his real and substantive failure to stand up for the Constitution, the military, and basic human decency these past few years?