Analysis: For Republicans, profanity is suddenly scandalous

Although Marco Rubio didn’t condemn Trump’s comment about African “shithole countries,” the Florida Republican senator seemed scandalized by O’Malley Dillon’s comment. He tweeted that it shows what Democrats “really think.” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany tweeted the comment “says volumes” about Biden…

While it’s easy to dismiss the O’Malley Dillon episode as another example of Washington’s endless capacity for self-obsession, it reveals some difficult truths.

For one, the deference that Republicans showed the White House during the Trump era will be a thing of the past. The same party that cheered Trump for “telling it like it is” is poised to attack those in the incoming administration who deviate from the folkways expected in official Washington.

“They’re going to look for any reason not to work with the Biden administration,” former North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp said of Republicans.