Daniel Larison, on why it's stupid to make voting decisions based on your contempt for random extremists on the other side:
We all know that this is a ridiculous way to respond. It makes your loyalties hostage to the most idiotic of your opponents, and it compels you to ignore your interests and any semblance of independent thought... If we voted our interests and paid no mind to the kinds of people who would be outraged by the victory of one candidate or another, we would quickly realize that neither party represents us and serves mainly as a rallying point for our undefined grievances against other people, most of whom we have never met.The crazy protesters in college annoyed me enough that I almost turned against liberalism for awhile in the early '00s. Luckily, the rank ineptitude of the Bush folks sent me right back before long.