Jack, I’m glad you’re pushing back against the Ron-and-Tip myth. I did some serious pushing back at the end of last year, in a magazine piece. Then we expanded that for the site, here. Persons seeking chapter and verse will find this link useful, I think.
But these myths — when they get formed, they’re hard to puncture. The myth becomes stronger than the truth, unfortunately. I look forward to hearing, in 15, 20 years, what a period of comity the George W. Bush years were.