David Paul Kuhn: The Enduring Mommy-Daddy Political Divide.
Tufts University psychologists showed people headshots of white Democrats and Republicans. Participants guessed the political affiliation significantly above chance, about 55 to 60 percent. That’s better than the house advantage in blackjack. The key difference? The study, published this January, found that Democrats projected “warmth” and Republicans projected “power.”
This contrast between “warmth” and “power” characterizes our politics. The health care debate appears mired in innumerable details. But it has always concerned a far deeper debate over two competing ideas of government – to nurture or to safeguard. The dynamic is so intimately familiar to us because it is conventionally familial. The health care clash, like American politics, remains rooted in our mommy and daddy parties.
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