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October 11, 2013

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Since when are U.S. political parties ideologically coherent and/or committed to anything?

For at least a decade. Coincidentally, Kevin Drum just wrote something cogent on this issue:

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2013/10/can-america-survive-parliamentary-norms-presidential-system

Here is a nice graph (with links to the source data and an explanation of how ideology is measured):

http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2012/10/the-rapidly-increasing-ideology-of-the-us-republican-party.html

And here is more data on the subject, sliced six ways from Sunday, from Pew's polling:

http://www.people-press.org/2012/06/04/partisan-polarization-surges-in-bush-obama-years/

The assumption behind your question was true for most of the second-half of the 20th century. It hasn't been for at least a decade; only in the past few years has public perception caught up with reality.

Welcome to the new United States! It's a strange place.

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