TCS Daily – The Triumph of “Angry and Stupid”
My latest at TCS Daily, “The Triumph of ‘Angry and Stupid’,” is up.* It’s about the poisonous tone of American political rhetoric.
The win at all cost mentality, which is more a function of the permanent campaign and the ever-increasing role of the federal government than anything Kos has done, is corrosive. There was a sense, as recently as the 1980s, that once the election was over, it was time to govern. Presidents who won elections were entitled to a honeymoon period and preparations for the next election were on the back burner. In recent years, though, the losing party immediately sought to undermine the legitimacy of the winner and brought out all the tools at their disposal to obstruct.
The win at all costs model, which is bipartisan, leads to politics being a sport where you merely root for whoever happens to be wearing the team colors at the moment. Ordinary voters are more likely to be turned off by the rancorous atmosphere and the core electorate will likely be more energized than ever to make sure that the Ã¢€œbad guysÃ¢€ lose.
More at the link.
*Note: The title wasn’t mine. It was originally titled “The Kos-ification of American Politics.” While angry and stupid may have triumphed, the story is the anger more than the stupidity.