From Peggy Noonan at The Wall Street Journal, Voices of Reason and Unreason:
A word on the destructive theatrics we now see gripping parts of the Democratic Party. The howling and screeching that interrupted the hearings and the voting, the people who clawed on the door of the court, the ones who chased senators through the halls and screamed at them in elevators, who surrounded and harassed one at dinner with his wife, who disrupted and brought an air of chaos, who attempted to thwart democratic processes so that the people could not listen and make their judgments:
Do you know how that sounded to normal people, Republican and Democratic and unaffiliated? It sounded demonic. It didn’t sound like “the resistance” or #MeToo. It sounded like the shrieking in the background of an old audiotape of an exorcism.
Democratic leaders should stand up to the screamers. They haven’t, because they’re afraid of them. But things like this spread and deepen.
Stand up to your base. It’s leading you nowhere good. And you know it.
This behavior which was tolerated on our college campuses has bled into the Potomac. What we tolerate we teach.