Ever since Barry and Donna kicked me out of the party that has been my home for over 20 years, I’ve noticed a distinct change in the way I feel about both parties. I also find myself mystified as to how otherwise sane and intelligent bloggers can turn into uncritical partisan cheerleaders like these three stooges did. Perhaps this article by Shankar Vedantam explains why:
“Party identification is part of your social identity, in the same way you relate to your religion or ethnic group or baseball team,” said Gary C. Jacobson, a political scientist at the University of California at San Diego. This explains why, on a range of issues, partisans invariably feel their side can do nothing wrong and the other side can do nothing right. By contrast, moderates don’t feel there is a yawning divide on issues because they don’t identify with one party or another. Moderates, in other words, are like people who are uninterested in sports and roll their eyes when fans of opposing teams hurl abuse at each other.
I am not a moderate, I am a flaming liberal, but I still don’t feel there is a “yawning divide on issues” between the Democrats and the GOP. In fact, I see no difference at all between the two parties when it comes to corruption, but I do see a clear difference between the two candidates.
Barack Obama is far more corrupt than John McCain.