The info in this article does not bode well for my Can’t We All Just Get Along, Have a Beer, Share Some Nachos, and Talk a Little Politics, a Little Hoops, a Little Meaning-of-It-All Campaign.
You know, more unites us than separates us. A guy from Chicago said that just recently.
However, we have to deal with stuff like this:
A whopping 58 percent of Republicans either think Barack Obama wasn’t born in the US (28 percent) or aren’t sure (30 percent). A mere 42 percent think he was.
And this (from 2007 polling):
Democrats in America are evenly divided on the question of whether George W. Bush knew about the 9/11 terrorist attacks in advance. Thirty-five percent (35%) of Democrats believe he did know, 39% say he did not know, and 26% are not sure.
The author cites this as evidence of the tendency for certain elements of both political parties to get pressed into extreme positions and ultimately retreat into “parallel universes.”
In these kinds of situations, can any listening really take place?