Posted: 04/25/17 12:58
by Dave Mindeman
On Bill Maher's show last week, there was an insightful discussion about how Republicans are more "tribal" than Democrats.
Tribal, in this context, means that their viewpoint is determined by the source. If a Republican says it, they agree. If a Democrat says it, they disagree.
A Pew research poll comparison between similar questions during the Obama administration and the Trump administration was enlightening.
On his show, Maher pointed this out:
Bill Maher pointed out that even though the economy has not changed in any meaningful way under Trump, Republicans magically believe it is doing much better. When Obama wanted to bomb Syria, only 22% of Republicans approved. Now 88% approve of Trump bombing Syria. The income tax has not changed under Trump. Yet, Republicans went from it being 39% fair to 56% fair. Democrats answers remained statistically the same. "They are more tribal," Bill Maher said of Republicans. "I am sorry. And they are less concerned with observable reality. That seems like, there are facts in there that say that."
On the Maher panels, there is usually at least one conservative present. On this show, CNN analyst S.E. Cupp was involved, and she had to agree with the data Maher was talking about.
You can listen to the exchange at this site...excuse the sound quality because I think they took a recording off of the TV.
Cupp summed it up this way...
"But the hypocrisy on the Right has been incredibly disturbing and obvious. I don't have amnesia as a Republican."
I wish more Republicans would self-examine that way.