Thursday, October 15, 2009


Nancy Rosenblum, the author of On the Side of the Angels, was giving a presentation this morning about how "independent" voters are elevated in American political discourse while "partisan" is a dirty word.  I asked her if the U.S. was unique in this regard.  She suggested that partisans are pretty widely derided across democracies, but the U.S. seems to stick out in the number of voters who call themselves independents.

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