“American politics is changing. Politicians are losing power and political parties are gaining it. A politician’s relationships might once have been a good guide to her votes. Today, the “D” or “R” after a politician’s name tells you almost everything you need to know.”
To the one, he has a point. To the other, it does not seem to matter much, as the applied political science still seems more aimed toward deceiving than understanding. Nor is that intended as a condemnation of political science as a discipline, but if we bear in mind that electoral politics is an industry ripe for plunder, we might pause to wonder what business would employ a rising social science to its own detriment.
And the answer to that is clear: None.
Well, sort of. Because then there are Republicans; the conventional wisdom in this exceptional case—that they are not hurting themselves on purpose, but, rather, are simply unable to not—seems
pretty safe rather quite demonstrable.
Ezra Klein. “How political science conquered Washington”. Vox. 2 September 2014.
Clawson, Laura. “Republicans redefine chutzpah with equal pay tweet”. The Daily Kos. 2 September 2014.