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An anti-gun control rally in St. Cloud, Minnesota (Fibonacci Blue via Flickr)

Like And Dislike In These Polarizing Times

Is partisanship tearing America apart?

March 16, 2015

Weekend Reader: ‘Dangerous Convictions: What’s Really Wrong With The U.S. Congress’

Tom Allen has a unique understanding of congressional dysfunction and the challenges of bipartisan governing. As a U.S. representative from Maine’s 1st district, for over a decade Allen was on the front lines of debates over the federal budget, the invasion of Iraq, and health care reform, among other key issues.  In his new book, Dangerous Convictions, Allen details how both Democrats […]

August 23, 2014

The Vital Incoherent Center

WASHINGTON — Here’s one political paradox: A substantial majority of Americans do not fit neatly into the conventional “liberal” and “conservative” boxes, yet there is no coherent political center. Those who dream of a middle-of-the-road third party are destined to be disappointed. Here’s another: Groups broadly sympathetic to the Democratic Party significantly outnumber those sympathetic […]

June 30, 2014

Americans Increasingly See Opposing Party As ‘Threat’ To Nation

By David Lauter, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — More than one-third of Republicans and just over a quarter of Democrats see the other party as a “threat to the nation’s well-being,” reflecting a widening partisan division in the country that has congealed into animosity and distrust. Through two decades of political battling across the presidencies […]

June 12, 2014
Newt, Republican, Trump

Newt And Rush Are Twin Towers Of Dysfunction

Getting back to polarization: As I previously mentioned, to the extent governing isn’t working well today I very much agree with Sean Theriault that “partisan warfare is the problem” (see also Ed Kilgore). The trouble with Washington isn’t that the parties are each internally cohesive or that Democrats are too liberal or Republicans too conservative. […]

January 13, 2014