It’s Not ‘Asymmetric Polarization’ When It’s Democrats

Double standards are standards nonetheless.

Ask liberal Democrats what they miss most about the Obama era, and one item you’re unlikely to hear them pine for is their lost sense of intellectual superiority. Donald Trump’s surprise ascension to the presidency did not impose humility on his critics. One formerly ubiquitous pseudo-scientific justification for liberal chauvinism has, however, faded into memory: the so-called crisis of “asymmetric polarization,” whereby those on one side of the political spectrum radicalize and those on the other do not. The phenomenon hasn’t disappeared. It’s simply become more pronounced on the left than it supposedly was on the right, which is why you no longer hear about it.

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It’s Not ‘Asymmetric Polarization’ When It’s Democrats

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