The new polarization that explains our politics

Source: Washington Post
by Ramesh Ponnuru

“There are a few schools of thought about how the guilty verdict in Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s prosecution of Donald Trump for falsifying business records will affect the election. What all the people involved in the debate have in common is that the guilty verdict has no chance of affecting their own votes. They already have fully formed views of the former president, as most people do. The argument is taking place among the minority of Americans who say they are very closely following the trial (16 percent of the public, according to a Yahoo News-YouGov poll) about the even tinier sliver of Americans who might be persuaded to change how, or if, they vote. The molten controversy over the flag-draping choices of the Alito household should be kept in the same perspective.” (05/31/24)