Leaving the “ic” off references to the Democratic Party. Seems like a simple thing, but he builds a good case that this is just one more case of the mean-spirited dissing that has now come to permeate all levels of discourse, not just the bar room brawls of yore.
In talking about Bush fils, as he calls him, Hertzberg says
What he meant is anybodys guess, but his bad manners were impossible to miss. Hard as it is to believe from this distance in time, George W. Bush came to office promising to change the tone. That he has certainly done. But, as with so much else, it hasnt worked out quite the way he promised.
Read the entire column, it’s very instructive.