Like cats and dogs, Democrats and Republicans are natural enemies. But in civilized politics, they tolerate each other and work to keep the two-party system healthy and functioning.
They do that most everywhere--except, it seems, in Orange County, where the leaders of the two major political parties can't seem to separate personalities from partisanship.
For the past year or so, Tom Fuentes, chairman of the Orange County Republican Party, and Bruce Sumner, chairman of the county Democrats, have been trading barbs, insults and generally displaying their dislike for one another. But neither knows where to draw the line.
That became evident when both refused to appear at public television station KOCE last Thursday to tape the station's annual pre-election show. It was the first time in the 14 years the show has been produced that anyone has flat-out refused to appear.