Keyword: partisanship

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  • The growth of “partyism” and the decline of the antiwar movement

    09/30/2014 10:48:20 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 16 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | September 29, 2014 | Ilya Somin
    In a recent op ed, Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein points out that “partyism” – prejudice against supporters of the opposing political party – is on the rise in America: If you are a Democrat, would you marry a Republican? Would you be upset if your sister did? Researchers have long asked such questions about race, and have found that along important dimensions, racial prejudice is decreasing. At the same time, party prejudice in the U.S. has jumped, infecting not only politics but also decisions about dating, marriage and hiring. By some measures, “partyism” now exceeds racial prejudice — which...
  • Why Republicans Should Never Play Nice with Democrats

    09/15/2014 7:00:34 AM PDT · by Bratch · 33 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | September 14, 2014 | Ben Shapiro
    Democrats routinely deride Republicans as extremists bent on coarsening the discourse. In January 2014, in the same interview in which he infamously claimed that ISIS was a “jayvee” team, President Obama blamed conservative media for polarizing the country: The issue has been the inability of my message to penetrate the Republican base so that they feel persuaded that I’m not the caricature that you see on Fox News or Rush Limbaugh, but I’m somebody who is interested in solving problems and is pretty practical, and that, actually, a lot of the things we’ve put in place worked better than people...
  • The Extreme Partisanship of John Roberts's Supreme Court

    08/28/2014 7:57:15 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 10 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | August 27, 2014 | Garrett Epps
    “Politics are closely divided,” John Roberts told scholar Jeffrey Rosen after his first term as chief justice. “The same with the Congress. There ought to be some sense of some stability, if the government is not going to polarize completely. It’s a high priority to keep any kind of partisan divide out of the judiciary as well.” No one who observes the chief justice would doubt he was sincere in his wish for greater unanimity, greater judicial modesty, a widely respected Supreme Court quietly calling “balls and strikes.” But human beings are capable of wishing for mutually incompatible things—commitment and...
  • Stupid Is As Krugman Does

    08/18/2014 6:01:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 18, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Paul Krugman has once again decided to call a few “fools and knaves” who disagree with him by some nasty names. In fact, the Nobel Laureate’s habit of lashing out with vitriolic playground language is pretty well documented; and, quite frankly, it demonstrates an astounding lack of self-awareness when it comes from a Keynesian who has turned being wrong into a career option. But in this rare case, I might actually let his painfully ironic comments slide without condemnation.
  • The Three Liberal Myths About Partisanship Busted By Pew's New Poll

    06/16/2014 9:34:52 AM PDT · by ReaganÜberAlles · 7 replies
    Townhall ^ | June 16, 2014 | Kevin Glass
    A fascinating new poll out today from the Pew Research Center reports on how they've tracked Americans' beliefs on political issues over time. It's wide-ranging and deep and a fascinating look at what Americans believe. One of the most important parts is how the two coalitions - Republicans and Democrats - have changed over the last twenty years. And it takes a sledgehammer to myths that liberals have been telling themselves.
  • How Growing Partisanship Is Splitting the U.S. in Two (Another Obama "accomplishment")

    06/12/2014 10:59:40 PM PDT · by ReaganÜberAlles · 11 replies
    Yahoo News (The Fiscal Times) ^ | JUne 12, 2014 | Eric Pianin
    Democrats and Republicans are more deeply divided along ideological lines – and partisan rage and antipathy runs much higher than at any time in the past two decades, the report by the Pew Research Center concludes.
  • Seeking Sanity on Sgt. Bergdahl

    06/09/2014 5:50:26 AM PDT · by lyby · 30 replies
    The Desert Sun ^ | June 9, 2014 | E. J. Dionne
    It’s hard not to be cynical after the display of rancid partisanship that greeted the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after five years as a Taliban-held prisoner of war.
  • Who's an Extortionist? (You're looking at one)

    09/24/2013 5:51:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 24, 2013 | Cal Thomas
    President Obama pledged to end partisanship, but instead has exacerbated it. He recently accused House Republicans of being extortionists for opposing a raise in the debt ceiling and wanting to defund Obamacare. Dictionary.com defines extortion as "the crime of obtaining money or some other thing of value by the abuse of one's office or authority." Republicans should fling the extortion label back at the president, who wants to raise the debt ceiling, threatening to curtail many government operations if the GOP doesn't surrender. 2006, when George W. Bush was president, Sen. Obama said: "The fact that we are here today...
  • Righteous Anger at Leftist Partisanship

    09/23/2013 11:19:20 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 3 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | September 23, 2013 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    On Monday, September 16, 2013, a gunman entered the Washington Navy Yards and began a shooting rampage in which a dozen were killed and still more were wounded. As America watched in horror, President Barack Hussein Obama delivered a televised rant, attacking Republicans, conservatives, and of course, the law-abiding firearms owners who might have helped to stop the carnage, had they been allowed. The National Rifle Association has a practice of not talking politics on the day that such events unfold. Even though such occasions are invariably excellent examples of the need for gun ownership by the law-abiding – in...
  • PRUDEN: Happy to be the doorkeeper

    09/21/2013 4:28:21 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 9-20-13 | Wes Pruden
    The man they called “the Hammer,” who used Democrats as anvils, got a little satisfaction Thursday. An appeals court in Texas reversed the money-laundering conviction of Tom DeLay and told him to go and sin no more. Time and events move quickly in the modern media, and a new crime of the century arrives with the noise of every news cycle. The final acquittal of Tom DeLay, who was once the Republican majority leader in the House, is but a footnote to the news. He was once the most feared man on Capitol Hill, merciless in pursuit, and like all...
  • Video: Toddlers simulate complex negotiations between White House and Congress

    05/30/2013 6:18:24 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 8 replies
    Rare.US ^ | May 30, 2013 | Heart Touching Fun
    These kids capture EXACTLY the tone of the debate inside the Beltway.
  • Should the US Switch to a Parliamentary System? (This Question Hasn't Been Asked Since Jimmy Carter)

    04/23/2013 6:28:06 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 29 replies
    Pacific Standard Magazine ^ | April 9, 2013 | Seth Masket
    Institutions Worthy of Our Parties: Should the U.S. Switch to a Parliamentary System? Efforts to curb legislative partisanship have weak track records, so maybe we should consider changing the other side of the equation in order to establish a government that can actually get things done. Rick Hasen has a really interesting paper up discussing partisan polarization and the possibility of changing the Constitution to deal with it. (And you should really read Jonathan Bernstein’s response, too.) Hasen starts off by asking whether we should be considering moving toward a more parliamentary style of government. It’s a fair question. We...
  • Reid: Senator Brown is “One of the Most Partisan People” Ever to Serve

    11/15/2012 3:27:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 54 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 14, 2012 | Daniel Doherty
    Believe me: This isn’t the first time our vaunted Senate Majority Leader has made baseless accusations with little or no evidence (via The Daily Caller): Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday he was “very comfortable” with the prospect of defending an open seat in his chamber should Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry be tapped for a Cabinet position, and slammed outgoing Republican Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, who would likely run to replace Kerry. “I saw during the campaign his plea for bipartisanship,” Reid said of Brown, who ran as a moderate and independent Republican willing to work across the aisle...
  • ROBBINS: The disunited states of Obama

    09/27/2012 10:15:41 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 27, 2012 | James S. Robbins
    President Obama made a plea for unity at a campaign stop in Ohio on Wednesday. “I still believe that we are not as divided as our politics suggest,” he said. “I still believe that we have more in common than the pundits tell us.” He is wrong. The divisions in American society are deep and growing deeper.
  • The Obama Delusion, Explained

    09/07/2012 4:08:29 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | September 10, 2012 issue | Andrew Ferguson
    ......Fallows writes, “there is plenty of evidence about the things Obama and his team cannot do.”......Yet it is this conclusion that the president’s supporters, no matter how disenchanted, cannot permit themselves. It’s an election year, and unspeakable horrors await the world if Obama loses. So Fallows comes up with an ingenious premise for his book: History’s verdict on Obama’s presidency will be largely determined by whether he wins reelection in November. “Our judgment about ‘really good’ and ‘mediocre’ presidents is colored by how long they serve,” he writes. “A failure to win reelection places a ‘one-term loser’ asterisk on even...
  • Politics, now even more, are great American divider, poll indicates

    06/05/2012 4:57:04 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    washington post ^ | 6-4-12 | dan balz
    It hardly took another study for people to know that political polarization in this country is deeply embedded. Still, a report issued Monday, June 4, by the Pew Research Center paints a particularly stark portrait of a nation in which the most significant divisions are no longer based on race, class or sex but on political identity. For 25 years, Pew has been conducting regular surveys assessing American values. They provide a series of historical benchmarks by which to examine the changes in what binds people and what divides them. The latest report finds considerable continuity over that quarter-century in...
  • Mad City Quanta Political Cartoon: Recalling the Wisconsin Recall

    06/03/2012 7:22:58 PM PDT · by liesveld · 2 replies
    Mad City Quanta Blog ^ | 06/03/2012 | John Liesveld
    Meet Sheldon, a feel good, pure-blood Wisconsinite who just wants to ignore the recall.
  • George Mitchell:Partisanship Worse Than It's Ever Been [Will take major scandal:campaign finance]

    11/16/2011 9:57:19 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 21 replies
    Press Herald ^ | Thursday, November 17, 2011 | By Edward D. Murphy
    The former senator and envoy says it will likely take a major scandal to trigger a change. PORTLAND - Like most Americans, former U.S. Sen. George J. Mitchell said, he tends to look at the past through rose-tinted glasses. But even with that in mind, partisanship in Washington wasn't as bad when he was in the Senate as it is now, Mitchell said Wednesday morning. Mitchell said the structure of the political system leads to the heightened partisan atmosphere -- and that's responsible for the record low approval rate of 9 percent for Congress in a recent poll. "It's worse...
  • Teachers reprimanded after political survey (LIB BRAINWASHING KIDS ALERT)

    PRAIRIEVILLE- Seventh grade students at Galvez Middle School got a lesson in extreme politics they and their parents may not have expected. Their social studies teacher prefaced a lesson on political parties with a survey that asked: Are you a Republican or Democrat. "In my opinion the answers were highly skewed in order to promote one party over another," said Terry Stehlik, who's child was given the survey. *** Link to the 'survey': http://www.wbrz.com/files/Galvez_Middle_Survey.pdf
  • Some "Osama Killed" Celebrations Are Warmed Over Obama 2012 Rallies (Photos) (??)

    05/02/2011 9:05:07 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 44 replies
    NDTV-TV, New Delhi, India ^ | 2 May 2011 | NDTV-New Delhi, India
    Spot the Satanic Obama 2008 logo, again rearing its ugly head?? College students may well have an agenda I would say.Send your photos as well showing a revival of support for "The One" more so then celebrating a united AMERICAN MILITARY AND INTELLIGENCE AGENCY victory, more of a hoped-for conclusion on the WOT rather than a redoubled effort to proceed even further to get more Jehadi scalps (al-Awaki, al-Zawahiri), and fully support our US military and intelligence agencies first and foremost in the process.
  • Houston we've had a problem: 'Space City' snubbed in bid for retired space shuttle

    04/12/2011 11:47:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 42 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 12, 2011 | Eric Berger
    NASA administrator Charles Bolden announced today the four museums -- the Smithsonian Institution (Discovery), the California Science Center (Endeavour), Kennedy Space Center (Atlantis) and the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum (Enterprise) -- that will receive space shuttles for public display after the fleet retires this summer. As expected Houston, the home of human spaceflight, was snubbed. It's a shame. Houston's campaign, Bring the Shuttle Home, probably deserves some blame for being late to the game in terms of politicking for an orbiter. But I'm not sure any campaign could have saved Houston. The politics of this decision were pretty...
  • DC judge rules in favor of ObamaCare

    The split opinion of judges all over the country continue. D.C. Federal District Judge Gladys Kessler has ruled the health care law to be constitutional. In her ruling, Kessler says: First, this Court agrees with the two other district courts which have ruled that the individuals subject to § 1501’s mandate provision are either present or future participants in the national health care market. See Liberty Univ., 2010 WL 4860299, at *15 (“Nearly everyone will require health care services at some point in their lifetimes, and it is not always possible to predict when one will be afflicted by illness...
  • Sorry, the 'Climate of Hate' is Going Nowhere

    01/21/2011 3:13:41 AM PST · by Scanian · 10 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | January 21, 2011 | Peter Heck
    In the wake of the tragedy in Tucson, there has been a renewed focus on eliminating what is being called the "climate of hate" within our political environment. President Obama spoke to this in his meaningful memorial speech when he cautioned that we have been, "far too eager to lay blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently." While that admonition is appropriate, and while we all would do well to consider it before speaking, the truth is that our "climate of hate" isn't going anywhere for two reasons. First, passionate and sometimes...
  • VIDEO: Christie Hits Back At Critics

    01/03/2011 3:57:26 AM PST · by Puzzleman · 16 replies
    Hope For America ^ | January 2, 2011 | Chris Christie
    VIDEO HERE.
  • Obama: Post-Racial, Post-Partisan, or Post-Sanity?

    07/26/2010 8:08:02 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 6 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | July 26, 2010 | Dan Miller
    There is no less racism now than pre-Obama, and there is no less partisanship; there may well be more of both. I was wrong in thinking that these things might diminish, and while having voted against him provides a bit of comfort, it provides very little. That there is now even less sanity provides no solace whatever. Caligula, a Roman emperor, was clearly nuts; he probably suffered from schizophrenia and other serious mental illnesses. However: [Those] who believe that Caligula was never mentally ill attribute his erratic behavior to being suddenly presented with immense responsibility, having had no previous experience...
  • Prez slinging mud to stoke his base

    05/10/2010 3:15:29 AM PDT · by Scanian · 9 replies · 1,043+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 9, 2010 | DICK MORRIS & EILEEN MCGANN
    He said he had the audacity to hope that America could rise above the politics of partisan polarization and embrace the sunlight paths of compromise and cooperation. But that was then and this is now. Faced with falling polls and the chance of wholesale obliteration of his majorities in Congress, President Obama has plainly decided to pursue the very politics of division and partisan animus he once claimed to eschew. To grasp the reasons behind Obama's descent into the mud, start with some basic facts. In 2008, he won almost exactly the same percentage of the white vote that John...
  • Bias at Boise State

    04/08/2010 1:44:39 PM PDT · by Charles West · 16 replies · 767+ views
    Youth for Western Civilization ^ | 4/08/10 | Erin Marlor
    Boise State University is located in the capital city of Idaho, perhaps the least Blue state in the United States. However, in recent months our school has been host to a controversy stemming from the prejudicial Facebook posts of our Cultural Center Coordinator. Deciding to take The Leadership Institute’s Deep Blue Campus research initiative, an investigation by the Boise State chapter of the Youth for Western Civilization found that out of $8333 in donations to political parties by individuals who work for Boise State University, a staggering 94 percent went to the Democratic Party...
  • Lie to Me (I'd Drop Dead if You Didn't)

    03/27/2010 6:14:02 AM PDT · by bloodmeridian · 2 replies · 329+ views
    Feed Your ADHD ^ | 2/27/2010 | Snarky Basterd
    When The Wicked Witch of Congress said this -- “No major piece of major social legislation has ever been passed without the vote being partisan" -- she was either stupid or a liar to think we'd believe her. This graphic about who voted for 4 biggest pieces of major social legislation shows that she's both.
  • Bayh: DC is 'brain-dead'

    02/17/2010 3:24:39 AM PST · by Scanian · 32 replies · 947+ views
    NY Post ^ | February 17, 2010 | GEOFF EARLE
    WASHINGTON -- Retiring Sen. Evan Bayh yesterday denounced "brain-dead partisanship" in Congress, saying the pettiness and focus on personal gain are keeping the institution in a state of dysfunction. "There's just too much brain-dead partisanship, tactical maneuvering for short-term political advantage rather than focusing on the greater good, and also just strident ideology," the Indiana Democrat told ABC News, a day after stunning the political world by announcing he won't seek re-election. "The extremes of both parties have to be willing to accept compromises from time to time to make some progress, because some progress for the American people is...
  • Obama Postures on Bi-Partisanship, GOP Calls his Bluff

    02/09/2010 12:03:12 PM PST · by Reagan 2.0 · 1 replies · 686+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | 2-9-10 | Scott Martin
    Or that's what this amusing Washington Times piece should have been titled, instead of "Obama's bipartisan call hits wall of dissent." I'm thinking the headline writer only read the first couple paragraphs... "Despite his continued calls for collaboration, just two weeks after President Obama's State of the Union address, the window has closed on the areas of bipartisan cooperation he laid out, with Republicans saying his budget puts some ideas out of play and Democrats taking others off the table. Republicans say Mr. Obama's list was already fairly short. They rejected out of hand his renewed push for health care...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Partisanship, Then and Now

    02/08/2010 7:29:10 PM PST · by neverdem · 47 replies · 1,075+ views
    National Review Online ^ | February 08, 2010 | Victor Davis Hanson
    One of the stranger behaviors of the ever-stranger Obama administration is its sudden adoption of the "wounded fawn" posture. No opposition was more stridently critical of a sitting president than was the anti-Bush Left. Barack Obama, as candidate and president, could not start a speech without saying "Bush did it." And have we forgotten the 2006–08 canonization of Michael Moore, the silence about the Nazi slurs, the award-winning assassination docudramas, the Knopf novel about killing George Bush, the "General Betray Us" ad, Al Gore's vein-bulging "brownshirts"outburst, and on and on? But suddenly, pundits and politicians have embraced a new gospel about...
  • Obama's EPA Plans Fewer Toxic Cleanups

    08/10/2009 8:33:19 AM PDT · by thesearethetimes... · 14 replies · 811+ views
    The New York Times ^ | August 10th, 2009 | AP
    For years, the Bush administration was criticized for not cleaning up enough of the nation's most contaminated waste sites. The Obama administration plans to do even less.
  • President Obama's EPA plans fewer toxic cleanups than Bush

    08/10/2009 5:50:28 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 16 replies · 816+ views
    Associated Press ^ | August 10, 2009
    For years, the Bush administration was criticized for not cleaning up enough of the nation's most contaminated waste sites. The Obama administration plans to do even less. Environmental groups and some Democratic lawmakers railed against President George W. Bush's cleanup record. But this time, they're shying away from speaking out against a popular president who's considered an ally in the fight to clean up the environment. Associated PressFewer EPA cleanups are planned under the administration of President Barack Obama, above. In Obama's first two years in office, the Environmental Protection Agency expects to begin the final phase of cleanup at...
  • Democratic Leader Laughs at Idea That House Members Would Actually Read Health-Care Bill...

    07/08/2009 11:34:19 AM PDT · by yoe · 49 replies · 2,006+ views
    CNSNEWS ^ | June 8, 2009 | Monica Gabriel and Marie Magleby
    House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday that the health-care reform bill now pending in Congress would garner very few votes if lawmakers actually had to read the entire bill before voting on it. “If every member pledged to not vote for it if they hadn’t read it in its entirety, I think we would have very few votes,” Hoyer told CNSNews.com at his regular weekly news conference. Hoyer was responding to a question from CNSNews.com on whether he supported a pledge that asks members of the Congress to read the entire bill before voting on it and also...
  • Why Can’t We All Get Along: Because It’s, Apparently, Too Damn Boring

    06/17/2009 9:47:16 PM PDT · by Pitcairn · 6 replies · 446+ views
    www.politicalcastaway.com ^ | 18 Jun 09 | Pitcairn
    I attended a “Happy Hour” today with fellow workers. It was one of those initially awkward events that—after a few drinks—moved into supposed, genuine cordiality. Such is the purpose of events like these. Of course—after a number of rounds—politics and religion invariably came up. As such, one relatively loose fellow worker spouted off some conservative thoughts. Others, of more liberal persuasions, looked on or took umbrage and countered. While a die-hard conservative, I watched and listened but was—for the most part— largely bored. Politics bores me these days. And the reason for such boredom is not due to a lack...
  • The Old Time and the New Newsweek

    05/19/2009 9:56:12 AM PDT · by Jbny · 14 replies · 1,485+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | May 19th, 2009 | John Podhoretz
    Twenty-seven years ago, I began my professional career at Time Magazine as a reporter-researcher in the World section, which was devoted to international news. Generally speaking, the World section ran 12 pages in the magazine. Nation, devoted to news within our borders, ran about the same or a page shorter. Think of that—an American publication, marketed to millions, that devoted slightly more of its attention, and vastly more of its budget, to news about events outside the United States.
  • Obama looks back in anger(Places blame on the GOP)

    04/30/2009 2:42:40 PM PDT · by Gordon Greene · 25 replies · 1,535+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, April 30, 2009 | Joseph Curl
    President Obama said his prime-time press conference on Day 100 of his presidency was intended as a "look forward to ... all of the hundreds of days to follow," but it turned into more of a look back in anger, complete with finger-pointing. Throughout his hourlong session in the White House East Room on Wednesday, the candidate who vowed a new post-partisan Washington, free from the rancorous bickering that often grinds the city to gridlock, ripped Republicans as the members of a do-nothing party of no. He began at the top, calling his predecessor, the former head of the Republican...
  • Surviving Obama's Bipartisanship

    04/06/2009 2:52:00 AM PDT · by Scanian · 6 replies · 494+ views
    The American Thinker Blog ^ | April 06, 2009 | Larrey Anderson
    President Obama has made an awful lot of promises -- none more often than his vows of bipartisanship. He promised cross party compromise on foreign policy. He guaranteed bipartisanship on deficit spending and on the bailouts. In fact, right after he was elected he said: "In this country, we rise or fall as one nation, as one people," Obama said. "Let's resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long." He ... misspoke. According to a new poll by the Pew Research Center, Obama is the most...
  • “Pop” Goes the Obama Balloon

    02/02/2009 11:29:56 AM PST · by Joiseydude · 28 replies · 2,012+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | February 2nd, 2009 | Liz Peek
    President Obama seems to have imbibed just a bit too much of his Kampaign Kool-Aid. When he promised a new era of cooperation and consensus building in Washington, he actually believed it. By the way, didn’t we all? Just as at age six or seven you know in your head that Santa isn’t going to come tumbling down the chimney but you still listen for the reindeer on the roof, weren’t we all holding our breath those first few days? The early cabinet appointments seemed reasonable, his visit to Congress encouraging. When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed through partisan rule...
  • It's Only Politics

    11/10/2008 12:16:44 PM PST · by foutsc · 76+ views
    Nietzsche is Dead ^ | 10 nov 08 | foutsc
    DC politics is controlled by an exclusive power club. The real "us -vs- them" is "We the People -vs- the DC Powerful." The entrenched DC powers are a bipartisan collection of moneyed backscratchers and button-holers who do a lot of winking and nodding. They also know how to circle the wagons. Note how Fannie, Freddie and the rest of the gang escaped unscathed from the ruins they created. All that "Republican versus Democrat" stuff is just for the rubes watching CNN and Fox. Both parties are branches of the same powerful DC tribe, and they all subscribe to a modified...
  • Olbermann in MSNBC Promo: 'We Must Ignore Partisanship'

    09/01/2008 9:18:08 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 22 replies · 165+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    The MSNBC promo bills the network as "the place for politics." Looks like it's the place for rib-ticklin' comedy, too. Check out Keith Olbermann's side-splitter from the ad: KEITH OLBERMANN: This is one of those turning-point-in-history American elections. We as citizens must at some point ignore partisanship. Not that we may prosper as a nation, not that we may achieve, not that we may lead the world, but that merely, we may function. VOICEOVER: MSNBC: The place for politics. View video here.
  • Has political partisanship gone too far?

    08/06/2008 3:02:12 PM PDT · by Soliton · 30 replies · 27+ views
    The Week ^ | August 6, 2008
    Something is wrong with American politics, said Leonard Pitts Jr. in The Miami Herald, when the Internet is “infested” with bloggers and posters rejoicing at the news that conservative columnist Robert Novak has a brain tumor. Radio personality Michael Savage was just as bad when he played a song by the Dead Kennedys when Sen. Edward Kennedy was dianosed with brain cancer. These jerks mean to “debase” their political enemies, but they really debase “themselves—and political discourse as a whole.”
  • More Hatred, More Venom Please (Why Conservatives Should Hate The Left And Centrists Alert)

    06/21/2008 12:51:38 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 59 replies · 190+ views
    Don Feder.com ^ | 6/20/2008 | Don Feder
    When someone starts yammering about transcending partisanship, renouncing “hatred and venom” and “bringing us together” – head for the hills. He’s talking capitulation on the right, with long lines of defeated, dejected conservatives in tattered uniforms being marched away to political POW camps. Former Bush flak Scott McClellan, author of a tell-all book on his White House service, is worse than a rat fink. He’s worse even than a fawning sycophant craving the establishment’s favor. He’s a defeatist who bids his party to stand with him in the middle of a four-lane highway at rush-hour. Can we say “road-kill”? Here’s...
  • McCain outlines vision of Iraq victory, reduced partisanship

    05/14/2008 9:20:57 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 104+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/14/08 | Glen Johnson - ap
    COLUMBUS, Ohio - John McCain, looking through a crystal ball to 2013 and the end of a prospective first term, sees "spasmodic" but reduced violence in Iraq and Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden dead or captured and government spending curbed by his ready veto pen. The Republican presidential contender also envisions April's annual angst replaced by a simpler flat tax, illegal immigrants living humanely under a temporary worker program, and political partisanship stemmed by weekly news conferences and British-style question periods with joint meetings of Congress. In a speech being delivered Thursday, McCain concedes he cannot make the changes alone, but...
  • Vote Like Thy Neighbor (Partisanship Increases)

    05/10/2008 4:20:33 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 8 replies · 44+ views
    New York Times ^ | 11 May 2008 | WILLIAM A. GALSTON and PIETRO S. NIVOLA
    The buzz these days is that American politics may be entering a “postpartisan” era, as a new generation finds the old ideological quarrels among baby boomers to be increasingly irrelevant. In reality, matters are not so simple. Far from being postpartisan, today’s young adults are significantly more likely to identify as Democrats than were their predecessors. Along with colleagues at the Brookings and Hoover institutions, we recently completed a comprehensive study of the nation’s polarization. Our research concludes not only that the ideological differences between the political parties are growing but also that they have become embedded in American society...
  • A War of Worldviews

    03/14/2008 10:48:40 AM PDT · by DeweyCA · 3 replies · 307+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | March 14, 2008 | David Limbaugh
    When Barack Obama promises change for America, I graciously assume, for now, that he doesn't mean he will change America to conform to his apparently racist pastor's vision for this country, though that whole subject deserves far more scrutiny. But we should also seriously examine his promise to deliver a more harmonious climate. It's not just Obama. A lot of Democrats have been pushing the idea of bipartisanship for years. One of the Democrats' earliest criticisms of President Bush was that he didn't reach across the aisle and extend a hand to Democrats. Of course, the truth is precisely the...
  • The Closing of the American Mind

    12/30/2007 6:17:57 PM PST · by Lorianne · 38 replies · 815+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Dec. 31, 2007-Jan. 7, 2008 issue | Evan Thomas
    Partisan warriors may love our polarized political culture. Everyone else is turned off, and tuning out. ___ There are, as they say, two Americas. There is the America of the rich and the America of the poor, as Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards likes to point out. There is the America of Red States and Blue States, populated, as columnist Dave Barry likes to joke, by "ignorant racist fascist knuckle-dragging NASCAR-obsessed cousin-marrying road-kill-eating tobacco-juice-dribbling gun-fondling religious fanatic rednecks" and "godless unpatriotic pierced-nose Volvo-driving France-loving leftwing Communist latte-sucking tofu-chomping holistic-wacko neurotic vegan weenie perverts." These divisions seem to grow, and to...
  • The Neverending Gonzalez Non-Scandal

    09/14/2007 8:33:33 AM PDT · by Turret Gunner A20 · 16 replies · 668+ views
    FrontPageMagazine ^ | September 13, 2007 | James H. Warner
    On Sunday, July 29, Chris Wallace interviewed Senator Russ Feingold on Fox News. Wallace observed that Democrats had received thousands of documents related to the firing of the U.S. attorneys. He asked if the Senator could point to one smoking gun that had been discovered in those documents indicating that a crime had been committed. The Senator stammered that he could not name specifics but that he was sure that a crime had been committed. What crime this might be is never explained. The Democrats are angry because U.S. attorneys were apparently fired for failing to prosecute vote fraud. Democrats...
  • Poll: Americans Give Democratic Congress All-Time Low Rating

    06/22/2007 11:17:48 AM PDT · by stm · 35 replies · 1,244+ views
    Fox News ^ | 22 June 07 | Fox News
    WASHINGTON — Democrats pledged to take Congress in a new direction when it won control in November 2006, but less than six months after taking the reins, Americans aren't pleased with the results, giving lawmakers an all-time low public confidence rating. In a Gallup poll released Thursday, only 14 percent of Americans have a "great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in Congress, a Gallup poll reports. The poll shows an all-time lowest confidence rating and one of the lowest ratings for any institution in 30 years. The lowest confidence rating for Congress was 18 percent during 1991 to...
  • Bi-Partisanship Begins at Home

    05/08/2007 8:01:24 AM PDT · by PlainOleAmerican · 19 replies · 561+ views
    Capitol Hill ^ | May 08, 07 | JB Williams
    Sooner or later, the American people will have to face the very real fact that the partisan mess in Washington DC is nothing more than a reflection of the partisan mess across this nation. The divisions that paralyze Washington DC are now just a partisan tool for Washington hacks. But they were given birth and are perpetuated on Main Street USA. The divisions are real in our own lives and in our own neighborhoods, and that’s why they are very real in Washington DC. We no longer have one single agenda for America. We have two distinct opposing agendas now....