Jonathan Chait, in a post that proves his wisdom by linking to a prior post of mine, points us to this rather remarkable column by conservative radio host and columnist Dennis Prager, which is worth discussing. Prager argues that conservatives just don't have the same kind of dislike for their opponents that liberals do:
We've seen recently that Sarah Palin has the power to sprinkle her magical moose dust on a Republican primary candidate and take that candidate from also-ran to front-runner with a single Facebook endorsement. Nikki Haley, the likely next governor of South Carolina, is the most prominent example, but Palin has endorsed lots of candidates in this election year. But there's a downside to this: the general election.
Lately, some Republicans have been saying with a smirk that pretty soon people are going to start missing George W. Bush. They mean that will happen because of the socialist nightmare Barack Obama has turned America into, of course. But we may start missing Bush for quite the opposite reason: because today's Republicans are making him look better and better.
As a progressive, I tend to think the Republican Party is much more ideologically extreme than the Democratic Party. There are many reasons, some of which may be more legitimate than others. But it turns out that my opinion isn't representative. According to this research from the Pew Research Center, the typical Democrat thinks the GOP is kind of conservative, while the typical Republican thinks the Democratic Party is really, really liberal.