Could political anger really be on its way out?
“When politics is not saturated by crisis, the months after a presidential election generally bring a cooler climate to Washington. We’ve been in a hot phase since about late 2005, when anger over the Iraq War peaked, and three massive change elections followed, in 2006, 2008, and 2010. Anger has been the prevailing tone of politics since the recession began, and the failure, before the arrival of the Occupy movement, of the President, Democratic politicians, and most progressive organizations to master the politics of anger has been central to the story of the last few years. But anger is a difficult force to sustain. Whether it’s left-populist anger, right-populist anger, or the anger of bankers whose bonuses are smaller than expected, it burns bright and eventually burns out.”
- Mark Schmitt, “Why 2012 May Mark the End of an Era of Political Anger”
Photo courtesy of The Boston Globe
Haha The New Republic is so idiotic and centrist you guys. “Hey we wrote a whole article about how political anger is so over because we just need to fill pages I guess.” You’re fucking worthless.