Jay Cost, HorseRaceBlog – Understanding President Obama’s Partisanship

Partisanship is simply partiality to one conspiracy over another. It’s a bias or an inclination. Partisans are more receptive to arguments from their own side than those proffered by the opposition. They are more apt to notice the malfeasances of those on the other side, while often ignoring the sins on their own side. They’re willing to give their side credit, but are stingy when it comes to praising the other side. And so on.

For as much as partisan Democrats and Republicans disagree on policy – their views of the political process are often mirror images of one another. This is especially true when it comes to attitudes about the public discourse.

RealClearPolitics – HorseRaceBlog – Understanding President Obama’s Partisanship.

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