October 15, 2011 - 10:46am — Capitol Notebook
A Ronald Reagan/Tip O'Neill moment occurred in a restaurant on the island of Manhattan yesterday. The elderly among us will remember the intense rivalry and feuds which occurred during the day between President Ronald Reagan and the Democrat Speaker of the House from Massachusetts Tip O'Neill. But at night, these two antagonists would famously swap jokes over a mug of beer.
Today's poisonous partisan political atmosphere -- accelerated by Barack Obama's hyper-partisanship -- is far from the comity established between the conservative genial Ronald Reagan and left-wing genial Tip O'Neill. Obama has relentlessly attacked the Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor for his conservative ideas. Now in recent days, Obama has decided to double-down on his attacks against Republicans.