Cokie Roberts is political journalism royalty. Her parents were in Congress. She has been covering politics for decades for NPR and ABC News. She came to the Atlanta Press Club Thursday, lamenting the way Washington now works, where partisanship seems to trump all.
But she said she takes it all in perspective. “People ask all the time: ‘Is this the most partisan time in our history?’ The answer to that question is no.”
In the early 1800s, Roberts noted, it wasn’t crazy for politicians to actually shoot each other in duels, most notably Vice President Aaron Burr and former Secretary of the Treasurer Alexander Hamilton. “That’s partisan,” she said.
Nonetheless, she said there is a lot of anger emanating from both sides today. She carted out all the reasons that politicos know well.
There are virtually no politicians left in the middle. Those that are trying to