Tag Archives: partisanship

In polarized times, who do we politically despise?

In the song “National Brotherhood Week” Tom Lehrer rhapsodized, “It’s fun to eulogize those we despise.” “All of my folks hate all of your folks. It’s American as apple pie.” A new, extensive Pew study on political polarization shows that reality is getting closer to that poetic license. Polarization is increasing all around. But one finding […]

Short hits: Bad advice, real opportunity, and the contentious Maine GOP convention

1. Richard Cohen has more foolish advice. Cohen says Barack Obama should read Caro’s new volume on Lyndon Johnson to either “teach him how to be president” or to “teach him how to be a better president.” What should Obama take from Johnson’s life? It’s to play golf with more people. After all, says Cohen, “Johnson, in […]