12 August 2012

Romney Contributes to Political Polarization

This graphic from Nate Silver shows the ideology score for any vice presidential candidate (since 1900) who had previously served in Congress. (So, for instance, since Sarah Palin while a former Governor, never served in Congress, she does not appear in the graphic.) The higher the score, the more extreme the individual' voting record. Paul Ryan wins in a landslide. His record places him in the same vicinity as Michelle Bachmann - a candidate who seemed extreme even during the Republican primary process! And, of course, the Republicans here, as with virtually every other indicator, turn out to have been more extreme than Democrats over the past four decades.

The point? The title of this post might well simply read "Romney is  a Republican."

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