Comment on Jacob Jensen, Ethan Kaplan, Suresh Naidu, and Laurence Wilse-Samson, 'The Dynamics of Political Language': as prepared for delivery:
Let me pick up and expand on the line of discussion initiated by David Gergen's excellent comment.
I think this paper does an excellent job of documenting and helping us understand ideological polarization.
I think this paper does not do a good job of understanding partisan polarization.
Theodore Roosevelt in 1896 was a Republican attack dog, denouncing Democratic Presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan as a mere puppet of the Alien Communist Anarchist John Peter Altgeld. Bryan, Roosevelt said: