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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Politics is the opiate of the partisan

A new study by Emory University has confirmed what conventional wisdom had been saying for years: strong partisans ignore the facts. In other words, those bleeding-heart liberals will catch every contradiction in President Bush's statements, but explain away all the gaffes or inconsistencies of their own candidate's positions. Same goes for Republicans.

Apparently, the catching of contradictions in an opposing candidate or the smoothing of your own is quite satisfying. Researchers on the project described this reaction as "similar to what addicts experience when they get a fix."

There will be some happy folks around town next Tuesday.

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