re: “blanket temperament statement”Thankfully, Republicans (at least most of them) still have a conscience, still care about right and wrong, even in politics. There was a right way to fire the US attorneys. We should have done it that way!
You are not surrendering in the face of difficulties. You are recognizing truth, even though it may benefit your opponents. It speaks to a core difference between the Democrats’ and Republicans’ core constituencies. It does mean that, in political conflict, Republicans are at a bit of a disadvantage, for their voters overwhelmingly believe that power should be exercised in support of high principle. For Democrats, power is the principle.