Did we go through anything like this back when Bush first came into office. I don’t think that we did. What has changed?
I’m dubious that it’s a “Democrats corrupt”/”Republicans Angels” dynamic but could we be looking at the results of a media culture that does not scrutinize Democrats as closely as Republicans? Just about everyone in politics is an arrogant, egocentric, narcissist who believes on some level that the rules do not apply to him. Only the threat of exposure keeps them even moderately honest. Does knowing they face a hostile press make Republicans mind their Ps & Qs while knowing they face a sycophantic press make the Democrats arrogant and careless?
If so, it is just another example of how the failure of the media as an institution hurts all of America in the long run.