Party over country, values … well, just about anything

I’m simply not going to argue the main thesis of this Slate piece. Those of you who hate Hillary Clinton, rationally or otherwise, will insist that she’s worth hating, no matter what. Everyone else will laugh about Anthony Weiner.

But this paragraph is worth reading, no matter what you think of our current election …

The folk theory of American democracy is that citizens deliberate on the issues and choose a candidate. That is false. The truth, as political scientists Christopher Achen and Larry Bartels describe in Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government, is that voters are tribalistic. Their political allegiances come first, and their positions and beliefs follow. We’ve seen this with Donald Trump. Support for free trade is a longstanding belief within the GOP, but Trump is a major opponent, slamming most of the trade deals of the past 30 years. You would think that this would depress his support among Republican voters. It didn’t. Instead, those voters changed their views of trade. Their beliefs followed their affiliations, not the other way around.

Source: Why the Weiner emails won’t matter.

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