Those mean Republicans! I knew why the Dems and others never yelled back or called names like the Republicans do (even though they deserve a novel of reprise), but this poem in The Book of Virtues, by William J. Bennett, illustrates that reason simply:
If you were busy being kind,
Before you knew it, you would find
You'd soon forget to think 'twas true
That someone was unkind to you.
If you were busy being glad,
And cheering people who are sad,
Although your heart might ache a bit,
You'd soon forget to notice it.
If you were busy being good,
And doing just the best you could,
You'd not have time to blame some man
Who's doing just the best he can.
If you were busy being right,
You'd find yourself too busy quite
To criticize your neighbor long
Because he's busy being wrong
...unfortunately, the Repubs have crossed a long, wide line in the sands of right and wrong too many times, and the Dems should have found a way to highlight and correct that, or, as has been done, risk losing the role of leadership.
I am continually amazed at the grace with which Democrats deal with those mean Republicans.