Watergate might have something to do with it: the extreme sense of betrayal people felt at the lengths to which CREEP would go to re-elect Nixon.
The increasing lack of across-the-aisle fellowship in our government is another factor. Can you imagine this scenario now?
LAMB: Well, what was Bob Dole doing endorsing a Democrat?I can't.
STROTHER: Incredible. What that is, is an example of what was compared to what is. The Senate at one time was a completely different institution. I learned about the Senate from these two guys, Monaghan and Dole, of course, but from John Stennis and Lloyd Benson.
They were a group of people who admired and respected each other, and Dole found out that I was filming Monaghan, walked by the room, said hey would you like to film me saying something about Russell Long, that`s an easy thing to do, and came in the room and sat down next to Monaghan, and I saw that as a great opportunity. But it just shows the difference in the violent partisanship that exists now and the comradery that existed in the late `70s and early `80s.
Noam Chomsky's convinced that we already have Osama, and that he'll be "captured" in time for a November surprise. Ralph Nader's getting a lot of his support from Republicans who want to ensure Kerry's loss. There's a vast right-wing conspiracy against liberals.
Sometimes I think the British system, with the shadow cabinet issuing responses to the government-in-power's policies and statements would be best. It can't be worse than what we have now!