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June 16, 2014


All Politics is Now National?

"For all the talk about how partisan polarization is overwhelming Washington, there is another powerful, overlapping force at play: Voters who are not deeply rooted increasingly view politics through a generic national lens," the New York Times reports.

"Friends-and-neighbors elections were already a thing of the past in congressional campaigns. But the axiom that "all politics is local" is increasingly anachronistic when ever-larger numbers of voters have little awareness of what incumbents did for their community in years past and are becoming as informed by cable television, talk radio and the Internet as by local sources of news. In this year's primaries, the trend is lifting hard-liners, but it has benefited more moderate candidates in general elections."












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