Its not about taking political "shots:. It's about going on record that the truth is more important than partisan gamesmanship, regardless of what side it comes from. In this case, we experience the sting because it affects us personally. But every time this happens, someone is getting stung.
We can lament that the condemnation/acclamation hypocrisy "comes from both directions in multiple situations", but what matters is it's happening NOW. and NOW is the time to call attention to the gamesmanship and reveal "the truth" which gets lost in the partisanship (your article nicely does that).
But in many ways that's closing the barn door after the horse has already left.
Until we as a culture hold our representatives (political and otherwise) to the standard of TRUTH, until we tell them that lying and misrepresenting facts for the purpose of political spin is wrong, we will find ourselves here again and again. Ok, maybe not us - but somebody. But that doesn't make it any better.
Articles like you wrote, Joe, are the first step. The second is condemnation of the hypocrisy, attack mentality, and world of spin. And YES it comes from both sides. But it has happened NOW. So NOW is the time to address it. And the next time. And the next - regardless of who says it, and who we like.
(but yes, given sturgis's law - he was, probably, sadly, right. But even a broken clock is right twice a day!)