Yesterday's Communists, Today's Democrats

Russia’s recent invasion of Georgia sent me to the shelves to peruse my undergraduate Soviet/Russian politics books. I found the following passage in Hedrick Smith’s The New Russians (1991) that rings true of the Democratic Party today:

In an open letter to Izvestia, [Gorbachev advisor Alexandr] Yakovlev argued that the Communist Party had turned against the individual citizen and had proven incapable of bringing forward “a leader capable at least of inspiring purely human and political respect.”

I’m still laughing.