The 2016 Election Sucked
If there’s one thing we can all agree on about the 2016 Presidential election, is that it sucked. Nasty arguments invaded spaces that had previously been politics-free. Suddenly our Facebook feeds and sporting events and family holidays were full of contention — and it didn’t help that the two major candidates everyone was arguing about were the most disliked candidates in history.
How is it possible that two people so generally disliked became competitors for the top office in the country? Answer: Partisanship.
Partisanship, as I will discuss in this article, is when people value supporting their group over evaluating policy proposals on their merits.