Have both parties lost civility?

Monday, January 18, 2016

We find the relatively civil debate between the Democratic candidates for president a welcome contrast to the mud slinging competition of the Republicans.

Now Hillary Clinton is claiming that Bernie Sanders violated a pledge not to do negative campaigning. Sanders has a 30 second ad in which he says, "There are two Democratic visions for regulating Wall Street. One says it's OK to take millions from big banks, and then tell them what to do."

Sanders then refers to his own plan to break up large banks -- a step that Clinton opposes.

Clinton accuses Sanders of being the first Democrat to go negative against another Democrat, but Clinton has strongly criticized Sanders' record on gun control.

It appears that whether criticism is a personal attack or a substantive argument depends on which side of the criticism a person is.