Keller @ Large: Partisanship Driving Some People Mad

September 4, 2012 12:00 AM
Keller @ Large: Partisanship Driving Some People Mad
" CHARLOTTE, N.C. (CBS) – I’m here in Charlotte at the Democratic Convention with 6,000 partisans, and after spending last week with several thousand Republican activists, I have the same question – why?

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Listen, I applaud anyone who cares enough about our country and its future to get actively involved in the political process.

Our problem isn’t too much activism, it’s too little. And for the most part, the partisans I meet on both sides are decent folks with passion for their beliefs and their conviction that promoting them will make their community better.

And I get it about the basic human need to share your passion with others, to be part of a group with shared principles and goals, banding together in the hope that as a group they can accomplish more than as individuals.

But there appears to be something toxic about political partisanship these days that makes otherwise-lovely, thoughtful people lose their balance.

A case in point is John Walsh, the chairman of the Mass. Democratic Party, an accomplished organizer who is one of the nicest people you’d ever want to meet "

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