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Partisanship Is Here to Stay

And that might not be such a bad thing.

12:00 AM, Aug 26, 2010 • By GARY ANDRES
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Still, despite polarization’s alleged warts, sorted parties now help voters clarifying each side’s positions on critical issues. This is a side of polarization that generates less attention.  As Levendusky writes, despite a lot of focus on its negative side by scholars and the media, “…whatever else it may generate, elite polarization helps voters participate more effectively.”

Conservatives should also root for polarization to hang around for a while. Even though each side will probably check the other’s major initiatives, more balanced party power probably means less government activism and even a creep toward smaller government compared to the last two years.

Understanding polarization’s origins helps explain why legislators aren’t going to be singing Kumbaya anytime soon.  Thank heavens.

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