September 12, 2013
Battles over the budget continue. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)
This sky would get more bipartisan support if it were equally red and blue. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

Yeah, nothing is sacred, concludes Dana Milbank in his column on tea partyish events at the Capitol marking 9/11. Congress-types attended the joint remembrance for the 9/11 attacks of 2001 and 2012, but somehow ended up spending far more time thundering on about the future plans to find evidence that President Obama blah blah Benghazi so we have to impeach him now.

Milbank found this in poor taste, since Sept. 11, at least in theory, united us forever and changed us for the better. In the spirit of having been changed utterly, PostScript would like to use 9/12/13 to abandon her ordinary cynicism, choosing only commentary from the 2,700 responses to Milbank’s column that were about bringing us together, not driving us apart, in order to make some kind of warm and fuzzy point about how politically united we are. Especially fuzzy, since she wasn’t totally sure what was going on without the partisan snark as her spirit guide.

jralger shares a 9/11 memory that completely confused PostScript, but is definitely pure of partisanship:

I remember the day of September 11, 2001 quite vividly. I was in a SAS training class working for the Treasury when the programmer next to me got a call. He’s was out the door 5 minutes later, as the bombs seemed to fall. It took me two hours to drive 30 miles on an empty road after that. It was a hell of a long drive that day. And I pulled my son out of school 15 minutes early as a result. Everything else is kind of a blur.

canadadrake is probably somehow being partisan here, but PostScript isn’t keen enough to figure out how:

“Probably the origin of this anti-individualist fury lies in the fact that in their innermost hearts the masses feel themselves weak and defenseless in the face of their destiny. On a bitter and terrible page Nietzsche notes how, in primitive societies which were weak when confronted with the difficulties of existence, every individual and original act was a crime, and the man who tried to lead a solitary life was a malefactor. He must in everything comport himself according to the fashion of the tribe.”

- José Ortega y Gasset -

RLDRY finds 9/11 sacred enough that we don’t even necessarily have to come together on it, yay America:

I am in no way a conservative but come on, if you’re President of the U.S. you have to expect criticism on a daily basis and we know that Obama is heavily criticized by conservatives.

teeballou, too, is critical of criticizing the Obama criticizers:

So a few wackos on the Capitol grounds exercising the right of free assembly and a few other wackos on the other side doing the same. And Dana turns it into a conspiracy and slams conservatives for being un- American.

Okay, so still dividing us in that comment. But wait! When morton responds:

Cool – so you as a conservative also thought [the conservatives' memorial ceremony] was in bad taste?

teeballou says:

Yes I do, very much so. So perhaps the headline should have been so and so or these guys did this. Conservatives such as me, do not support the clowns on the Capitol being idiots.

See? Sept. 11 totally brought us together across party lines on Sept. 12. Especially for certain definitions of “we” and “us.”