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Are Democrats Less Partisan Than Republicans?


Here’s how Michael Kazin starts his article in Mother Jones: “Listening to the Democratic nominees during the 2004 presidential campaign, it often seemed as if they were ashamed to belong to their own political party. In his acceptance speech, John Kerry boasted that he ‘broke with many in my own party’ to support a balanced budget and ridiculed the idea of ‘Democratic values’ and ‘Republican values.’ John Edwards gave a rousing concession speech — but didn’t even bother to invoke the party’s name. The other side never makes that mistake.”

Never? Take a look at Bush’s 2000 and 2004 convention speeches. The only references you will find to the Republican party come when Bush talks about how he has worked and will work with Republicans and Democrats. He doesn’t invoke the party’s name in any serious sense.


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