The Cost of Our War on Public Life

By E.J. Dionne

NEW YORK — We didn’t fully realize just how hard it was to be president until we had one with no idea of what it takes to do the job.
We didn’t appreciate having a government that was relatively honest and free of venality until we had one riddled with corruption.
And we didn’t know how wildly irresponsible Republican criticisms of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were until the GOP fell silent in the face of abuse after abuse from President Trump. Obama was “not presidential” for wearing a tan suit? Benghazi? Really?
Let’s start there. When the current administration finally reaches the end… …read more

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