It would have been an odd scene just a few years ago: Congressional Democrats lining up to greet and exchange kind words with former vice president Dick Cheney, who along with his daughter, Rep. Liz Cheney, were the only two Republican members present for an event held at the U.S. Capitol Thursday to commemorate the attempted Jan. 6 insurrection.
Asked why he decided to show up, Cheney told ABC, “It’s an important historical event. You can’t overestimate how important it is.”
He added: “I’m deeply disappointed we don’t have better leadership in the Republican Party to restore the Constitution.”
The scene was so unusual for its remarkable cordiality in an age of hyper-polarization. Indeed, even during his years as President George W. Bush’s No. 2 — an era in American governance that despite its own simmering horror, seems calm and friendly by today’s…