Have you ever had to read an acquaintance's email that had some wrong headed opinion that just stuck with you for years?
Happened to me. It was way back in the summer of 2007 when an opinionated former classmate let loose with an email rant about George W. Bush. You've heard it all before, but to summarize, GWB had torn up the Constitution and was trampling over the rights of the people detained at Gitmo. Bush was the worst president the country had had since Richard Nixon. They condoned torture, prisoners were held without habeas corpus, and the U.S. was occupying a country that had not invaded us. The Bush administration had outed a CIA operative -- remember Valarie Plame? Bush and Cheney had shamed the U.S. in the eyes of the world and should be impeached.
That was then, and it was really only partisan politics although at the time it wasn't so easy to prove it. Anyway, Matt K. Lewis' column brought all that back in When hat tips are due. Yes, Obama owes George W. Bush a hat tip for setting up the infrastructure Obama used to conduct his own war on terror. The notable difference is that Obama adopted a take-no-prisoners approach. What an easy way to keep them out of Gitmo.
We would do well to remember that the evil devices of the other side are really just convenient tools for your own side.