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May 09, 2012

Taking Toxic Politics to a New Level

First Read: "Start tuning into Wisconsin if you haven't been already. We're about to have a month of a knock-down, drag-out fight in like we've never seen. Tens of millions of dollars have already been spent on the June 5th recall election, and millions more will be poured in before it's all said and done. What's happening in Wisconsin will highlight the toxicity and levels of anger in the country on both sides."

"There's a difference between being evenly divided and polarized. In the modern era (the 19- and 1860s were pretty bad, too), this started with the Bill Clinton impeachment, then Bush v. Gore, increased use of filibusters on both sides, the Tea Party, ideological purges, compromise being a dirty word. It feels like we're getting to another level of absurdity on polarization. Is there a breaking point? Majorities claim they don't like it but they keep supporting it, either via their primary votes or, by NOT voting."


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