Here is one more for the "If Bush did this sort of thing Libs leapt from tall buildings" file:
WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats reached an agreement with Republican moderates on Friday to pare a huge economic recovery measure, clearing the way for approval of a package that President Obama said was urgently needed in light of mounting job losses.
...Mr. Obama called Ms. Collins and Mr. Specter, as well as Senator Olympia J. Snowe of Maine, another Republican expected to support the deal, to acknowledge they were acting against pressure from their party and, one official said, to thank them for their patriotism in helping advance the bill at a critical time.
Hmm, bill opponents are not patriotic? Or are less patriotic? I know libs will line up to fret about whether Obama ought to be implicitly questioning anyone's patriotism merely for opposing a particular Administration policy.
HELP: I would be curious to see analogous examples from the Bush era. I recall the "We aren't questioning your patriotism, we are questioning your judgment" call and response and I recall a paucity of actual examples of patriotism being questioned (don't bore us with Max Cleland), but my memory is not what it used to be.