Partisanship über alles

So, this tweet has certainly been making the rounds today.  It’s pretty amazing.

Basically, this tells us one thing… partisanship is really, really strong.  What’s changed about Putin since 2014?  If anything, he’s gotten worse and become even more of a heavy-handed tyrant who has done more to threaten US interests.  It short, there is simply no rational basis to change one’s opinion of Putin in a positive direction as very many Republicans have clearly done.  That is, unless you simply account for partisanship.  We have a Republican nominee who is clearly a huge fan of Putin.  And for many Republicans (though, fortunately, still a minority), that is enough.

Not at all to suggest Democrats are immune from such effects, but this is a nice reminder of how dangerous mindless and reflexive partisanship can be.


About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

2 Responses to Partisanship über alles

  1. rgbact says:

    Ok, thats pretty good. Trumpism isn’t rational. That said, Democrats are opening themselves up, given all the Putin idolatry they’ve had in the past. Russian Reset? The Cold War is over?

  2. R. Jenrette says:

    Clearly Trump sees Putin as a role model. I’m pretty sure Putin would like to mentor him.

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