“It's like Hollywood movies. Most people say there is too much violence and sex, but those are the only tickets that sell.”

–Tennessee Rep. Jim Cooper on why voters say they want compromise but keep voting for ideological candidates.

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shepherdwong
shepherdwong

"...why voters say they want compromise but keep voting for ideological candidates."

"Conservatives" don't say they want compromise and neither do most liberals. The obsession over compromise is the luxury of pathologically non-partisan Beltway centrists and (ironically) low-information swing voters (and, even more ironically, a small number of self-deluded liberals who believe that there's some compromise to be found between "conservatives" and the rest of us).

jmac
jmac

That's right.  Fox sells.  George Bush senior repeating Noonan's silly "Read my lips, no new taxes" cost him the election  when he raised taxes to pay the bills, according to Republicans.  If a Republican in the House raises taxes, he's toast.  If he's not a climate denier,  anti-abortion, war-mongering, God-spewing 47%er who wants to do away with PBS, he's no hero.  Check out Ted Cruz, MSM, and see what you're going to get in the Senate.  

The press continually equates that to Democrats who HAVE MOVED CENTER.  Look in the mirror and tell yourself there's no false equivalence and you're looking in the mirror and lying to yourself.   Do not tell me Hillary Clinton or Sarah Palin could have gotten away with Romney's performance had Romney played Obama and they played Romney.  Bull.  

reflectionephemeral
reflectionephemeral

Plus, the Democratic rank and file support compromise, whereas Republicans oppose it: http://dailydish.typepad.com/....

At first glance, this comes as a surprise. After all, Republicans loved George Bush Jr., and folks like Paul Ryan, who pushed to turn surpluses into deficits with Medicare Part D, the occupation of Iraq, and the Bush fiscal policies. Ryan was on board with all of that, and then some-- including expanding executive authority to unheard of levels in Padilla and with warrantless wiretapping, and taking a strong stance on federal authority in Raich and with NCLB.

But on further reflection, it makes perfect sense. Being a Republican isn't about achieving any particular policy goals, it's about enjoying the emotion of not compromising