Partisanship has limits by mattsteinglass
February 14, 2009, 10:43 am
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Ezra Klein writes that

The Republicans are right to assail the stimulus. Betting on its failure is their most obvious path back to power.

If the United States were attacked by a foreign power, would the opposition be “right” to try to undercut the prosecution of the war, in the hopes that the US’s defeat would be blamed on the party in power?

I understand what Klein is saying here: partisanship is structural, and imagining it should disappear through greater politesse leads to an incoherent understanding of politics. But the sense that partisanship should be waived at moments of national crisis isn’t silly. It’s part of what a nation needs to function.


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