Nasty rhetoric, Americans lose
Republicans attacked Durbin for his Gitmo/Nazi statements and Democrats have now criticized Hostettler and DeLay. Each side is quick to defend and attack, loathe to apologize. The rhetoric is rising, bipartisanship is gone, and Americans lose because the truth is lost.
Both sides have made sweeping generalizations (Republicans are white Christians, Democrats demonize Christians). I've noticed one difference coming from the GOP. A Democrat criticizes a policy and are attacked for something else. Durbin said that if one read about the torture happening at Gitmo without context, they would think it was about Russians or Nazis. He was widely accused of supporting terrorism and not our troops and all that. Nancy Pelosi called the war in Iraq as a "grotesque mistake" and was accused of spreading inflammatory statements and that she should support the troops instead. I also have to mention Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis, for shutting down a committee hearing because he didn't like what he was hearing.
The truth is gone... the GOP just has to say "you're not supporting the troops" and the die is cast. Dear Republicans, you can criticize the war and still support the troops. Dear both sides, just because you hear something you don't like, you don't need to criticize.
The Associated Press has a better sum-up.