To rely on party affiliation is to abdicate the responsibility for due consideration of consequences of a vote and hand it over to the functionaries whose only goal is winning; they’ll worry about making things work later. Too many partisan zealots are focused on victory and the spoils — at any cost.
Everything changed. The first order of the day — after vengeance — was to secure the borders and protect Americans in their homes and businesses. And the creation to achieve that was something called Homeland Security. I recall thinking at the time how “homeland” rang uncomfortably like “fatherland.”