[P]artly due to the Internet, the standards of behavior in this new country are terrible.
If Beaver and Wally were around today, they'd likely be writing snarky, revealing blogs about June and Ward.
It wasn't "the Internet" that called John Edwards "The Breck Girl" -- that was Maureen Dowd.
It wasn't "the Internet" that described Al Gore as "so feminized ... he's practically lactating" -- that was Maureen Dowd.
It wasn't "the Internet" that described Barack Obama as "effete" and a "pretty boy" and a "debutante" and mockingly compared him to Scarlett O'Hara -- that was Maureen Dowd, too.
It wasn't "the Internet" that called Hillary Clinton "Mistress Hillary" and "Mommie Dearest." Dowd, yet again.
Maybe some of that had a little something to do with the breakdown of civility in public discourse, and the rise in snark? I mean, just maybe?