Saturday, April 18, 2015

The GOP Primary In New Hampshire And Tribal Politics

16 GOP presidential candidate hopefuls made presentations to members of the their tribe.  Each was trying to convince New Hampshire republicans that they would be the best president if elected.  The great majority of their comments had little to do with their qualifications for the presidency.  They spent most of their time attacking Hillary Clinton and President Obama who are not members of their tribe.  That strategy is pretty consistent with Dana Milbank's description (posted below) of the tribalization of politics in America.  The easiest way to establish rapport with one's tribe is to attack members of the rival tribe.  I can't imagine that a candidate for an executive position in a corporation would attack the firms competitors in order to get hired.  Its a shame that this is the way that we select our presidents.

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