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Democratic norms are now weapons rather than guidelines

"It was very disappointing to see President Obama break with the tradition of former presidents and become so political," Vice President Mike Pence told "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace. He was complaining about Obama's broadside against President Trump.

Pence has a point. Although it's not unprecedented, it is disappointing to see a former president attack a sitting president.

But for Trump's most reliable defender to invoke tradition -- never mind a tradition of presidential decorum -- as

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