23 Dec '11, 7pm

A Political Horse Race: Keystone XL is Not a Game of Poker

A Political Horse Race: Keystone XL is Not a Game of Poker

Believe it or not, it was actually a horse race that solidified my understanding of the inner workings of the United States government. As my American Politics professor once explained, horse race coverage refers to our penchant for covering politics as if it were a competitive sporting event, rather than focusing on policy stances, philosophical differences, and substance matter. We like to count votes; to know who is winning and who’s losing and we create artificial sides- you against me. Some people live for this type of theater and posses a politically competitive spirit. They’re good at their jobs and will tenaciously defend a position; exaggerating information to support their argument; refusing to admit when there are gaps or are flat-out wrong; or even consider that the other side might have a legitimate point.

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/rfried/a_political_hors...

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