If so, is this a reaction to the polarization of political elites?
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"The election of 2008... marked the end of an epoch. No longer could Republicans count on the basic conservatism of the American people, the reflexive hostility to candidates who favour big government"
(Darman, 2010, 34)
In the 1970s and 1980s there was a consensus that the importance of political parties was in decline, that the shared conservative ideology of the American electorate was reflected in the similar ideology and policy of the Democratic and Republican party. Now, however, the parties are seemingly taking on renewed importance as the population of …show more content…
"In politics, things are never as good as they seem (in the media) and they're never as bad as they seem" (Darman, 2010)
If there is such polarization in the USA, such defined political cleavages, why then is every election so tightly contested, which Barone calls "The 49 Percent Nation" (Kaus, 2004)? Surely if the nation was split along regional, urban/ rural, religious or ideological divides, then surely one group would be able to dominate the other, at least periodically, and one party would enjoy longer periods in office. In the past two decades no