Part 2: Brownstein on Partisanship in politics

12/06/07 Mitch E. Perry
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There has been much speculation about who will win the Iowa Caucuses, which take place four weeks from tonight. But the nation’s first Primary Election in New Hampshire occurs just five days later, on Jan. 8.

A new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows on the Democratic side Hillary Clinton still leads in the granite state, but it is closer there now than it has been for a long time.

The survey shows Clinton with 35 percent of the vote, but Barack Obama is closing fast with 29 percent. John Edwards is third with 17 percent, and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson cracks double digits for the first time in New Hampshire with 10 percent of the vote.

In his new book, The Second Civil War: How Extreme Partisanship Has Paralyzed Washington and Polarized America, political journalist Ron Brownstein examines in a historial context the conflict in American politics.

Much has been documented in the past few years how liberals have tried to study and copy the conservative machine, which has prospered with its think tanks and control of talk radio, and to some extent, cable news.

But as Brownstein writes, the conservative ascendancy happened after they copied the success of single-interest groups on the left that sprang to life in the 1960’s, spearheaded by people like Ralph Nader.

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