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  •  I like the distinction you make -- (0+ / 0-)

    -- between the Democratic and Republican approaches to politics. You see that divergence in the very character of the people you meet from either camp.

    Something there is about the Democratic ideology that draws analytical minds given to questioning preconceptions and received wisdom, dismantling stereotypes even if they are part of the species' time-saving apparatus.

    This is why Democratic politics is also plagued by internal dissension, bickering, excessive idealism, on-the-other-handing. It comes with the territory if you're into thinking things through.

    Republicans, on the other hand, do lock-step remarkably well. Why wouldn't they? They all live by the same set of broad simplistic platitudes and generalizations (like the 'invisible hand of the free market' or the notorious rising tide that lifts all boats). For them the Devil is very literally in the details, and should rightly be shunned. It's of a piece with the fundamentalist Christian belief: 'Everything I need to know is in this here Bible.'

    I see Obama as the epitome of that Democratic mind; yet, seemingly, he just can't see or acknowledge bad faith and malevolence in others.

    Bipartisan Confirmation Bias sounds about right for him.

    Lay off the footwork and throw a punch! ~ Joe Bageant

    by gotgat54 on Wed May 18, 2011 at 12:33:37 PM PDT

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