Republicans Love Bombing, But Only When a Republican Does It
It seems that Republicans consider tribal affiliation above all in deciding on a position, and Democrats practically not at all. This explains why the GOP can be so unified compared to the disarray of Democrats, although currently the GOP is having trouble being unified. Kevin Drum notes a second instance of GOP positions altering dramatically when the only change in the president’s political party:
A few days ago I noted that Republican views of the economy changed dramatically when Donald Trump was elected, but Democratic views stayed pretty stable. Apparently Republicans view the economy through a partisan lens but Democrats don’t.
Are there other examples of this? Yes indeed. Jeff Stein points to polling data about air strikes against Syria:
Democrats are about as supportive of the strikes as they were under Obama, with 38 percent backing them in 2013 and 37 percent agreeing with them now, according to the Washington Post. Now 86 percent of Republican voters back the strikes, compared with the just 22 percent who did so in 2013.
This is a pretty stunning difference. Democratic views stayed solidly negative regardless of who was president. But Republican approval rates skyrocketed from 22 percent to 86 percent when Trump became president. This despite the fact that Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons was more extensive in 2013 than it was this year. . .