Is the polite facade crumbling?
“There are winners and losers in every election, but just because you don’t like the results or how the results were achieved doesn’t warrant what’s going on right now,” said Jeanette Doran, the executive director of the conservative N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law. “There used to be this measure of Southern gentility. ... But when things get hardball, it sort of shocks the gentility.”
And very often that Southern gentility masked a deep undercurrent of bigotry, injustice, and undue influence being wielded by shadowy business interests that were anything but genteel. I'd rather have a public brawl, which just may reveal deeper motives, than a backroom deal that goes virtually unnoticed, any day of the week.
At the same time, experts suggest, hyper-partisanship can backfire, particularly for the Republicans now in power. It can generate apathy and disgust in the average voter, and going too far may unsettle the power-brokers’ support.
Good. And I don't mean that just for Republicans, either. Those power brokers will throw their money at whichever horse they think will lead them to the finish line victorious, and that victory usually signifies a loss for the public's best interests.
And as far as voters becoming apathetic and disgusted, I'm not so sure that's a bad thing. It may force them to look past campaign rhetoric with all the bells, whistles and trigger words, and start paying attention to how policies affect their families and community.
And under that kind of scrutiny, progressive ideas don't need power brokers to propel them forward. They stand on their own merits.