The Vice Presidential debates between Republican Dick Cheney and Democrat Joe Lieberman presented opposition with civility. Central casting could not have picked better characters than Cheney as dad and Lieberman as uncle.
By contrast, Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush presents himself as the “bad boy” in class, chopping down his rival and trying to be king of the hill, while Democrat Al Gore is the “good boy” who knows all the answers, but makes his classmates’ eyes roll. By acting more their shoe size than their age, Bush and Gore have been tiresome squabblers.
Can Mr. Bush and Mr. Gore learn something from their elders?… Read whole essay here….