Negative Partisanship


The following short commentary, based upon a longer article in, appeared in this week’s issue of The Week magazine (

I’m copying and pasting it here for those who don’t subscribe to the Week or who don’t read, because I think it is an accurate reflection of politics in America today.

“Donald Trump thrives amid all the chaos because of the rise of a phenomenon that we have labeled ‘negative partisanship.’ Over the past few decades, American politics has become like a bitter sports rivalry, in which the parties hang together mainly out of sheer hatred of the other team, rather than a shared sense of purpose. Republicans might not love the president, but they absolutely loathe his Democratic adversaries. And it’s also true of Democrats, who might be consumed by their internal feuds over foreign policy and the proper role of government were it not for Trump. Negative partisanship explains nearly everything in American politics today.”

The full article was written by Alan Abramowitz and Steve Webster in and can be viewed here.

5 thoughts on “Negative Partisanship

  1. Marilyn Armstrong September 10, 2017 / 12:33 pm

    Interesting. Needs an update. Probably true, too. A lot has changed in my lifetime and not in a good way.

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    • Fandango September 10, 2017 / 12:42 pm

      Not in a good way indeed. I recall a divided country in the Vietnam era, but not as bad as it is today.

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    • Fandango September 10, 2017 / 12:51 pm

      An “update”? You mean because Trump sided with Schumer and Pelosi over the GOP leadership last week? Trump has no ideology or scruples. All he wants is a win and I think he sensed a win by siding with the Dems instead of McConnell and Ryan. Doesn’t change the extreme and negative partisanship that exists today. At least that’s how I see it.

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