I am proud to call myself a lifelong Democrat. My father was a delegate to the 1952, ’56 and ’60 Democratic National Conventions and my older brother was a federal elector in 2000 and 2008. For my part, I served as a congressional staff assistant on Capitol Hill to Rep. Don Edwards in 1972, and as a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee in 1974.
Politics today is not the same as it was four decades ago. Back then, lawmakers from both parties would argue on the floor of the House and Senate during the day and then have drinks together at night. That rarely happens now.
After a long day in chambers, Democrats and Republicans are more apt to retreat home to watch their favorite talking heads on MSNBC or Fox News than mingle with their colleagues across the political aisle after hours.
Which brings me to Sunday’s statement from talk show host Judge Jeanine Pirro. She said she fears an attempt will be made on President Trump’s life by “some crazy Lefty” now that Democrats are the “party of liberal rage, hatred, and intolerance.”
“They are no longer the opposition party. They are the reckless party, putting lives in danger,” Pirro added.
As far as I am concerned, Pirro isn’t describing me or any Democrat I know. In all my years of following and/or writing about politics, I never have encountered one person who advocated violence against a president.
Call me old fashioned, but here are excerpts from two pieces I wrote shortly after Donald Trump won the presidential election last November. The first appeared in my local Stu News Laguna online publication days after his victory and the second ran in the New York Daily News in December following the Electoral College vote.
First, “As an unabashed Hillary Clinton supporter, it’s time to give credit to the victors, especially Kellyanne Conway. She is the first woman to run a winning presidential campaign. In doing so, she reached a height no other woman in U.S….