Thursday, June 01, 2006

Peggy Noonan on the Republicrats

Actually, I think I like the term "Demolic(i)ans" better. It sounds worse.

Anyway, Noonan talks about the possibility of the rise of a third party. It's interesting conjecture, but here's the real point of the editorial:
Partisanship is fine when it's an expression of the high animal spirits produced by real political contention based on true political belief. But the current partisanship seems sour, not joyous. The partisanship has gotten deeper as less separates the governing parties in Washington. It is like what has been said of academic infighting: that it's so vicious because the stakes are so low.

The problem is not that the two parties are polarized. In many ways they're closer than ever. The problem is that the parties in Washington, and the people on the ground in America, are polarized. There is an increasing and profound distance between the rulers of both parties and the people--between the elites and the grunts, between those in power and those who put them there.

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