Yousefzadeh’s Law Concerning the Popularity of Republican Presidents: After a Republican President leaves office, the more time passes, the greater the chances that the chattering classes of Washington will gain a Strange New Respect for said former Republican President, while lamenting that the current Republican Party cannot be like the former Republican President. This will be the case notwithstanding the fact that during the Presidency of said Republican President, the chattering classes could not resist trashing him (and eventually, her).
Exhibit A in support of Yousefzadeh’s Law Concerning the Popularity of Republican Presidents: E.J. Dionne, who now finds it possible to celebrate the foreign policy realism of George Bush the Elder, even though while George Bush the Elder was in office, he was trashed and pilloried by the likes of . . . E.J. Dionne.
The mainstream media punditocracy may be inconsistent. But never let it be said that it is not predictable.