Republicans and assorted political conservatives got all over President Barack H. Obama for his refusal to refer to “radical Islamic terrorists” by that name.
They berated him. They badgered him. They called him a coward.
So … what is going on these days in Washington, D.C.? Republican lawmakers are quitting the game. They are chastising the leadership at the very top of their political party. U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake goes to the Senate floor and delivers a stirring speech against the “debasement” of American principles. U.S. Sen. Bob Corker quits, too, with a scathing statement against the tone and tenor of politics.
U.S. Sen. John McCain chides those who managed to get draft deferments during the Vietnam War because of “bone spurs.”
Former President George W. Bush delivers a blistering speech about the nature of current political discourse.
There was no mistaking to whom all of them are referring.
Any mention of its cause? Anyone willing to call out the president by name?
Not even a former president — as steady and strong a Republican as there is — has been willing to take that leap.
If these GOP leaders are going to pile on to a Democratic president for refusing to single out by name those who are creating havoc through terrorist acts, why won’t they follow suit when it regards the president of the United States?