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02/02/2015 09:52 am ET

Why Public Apathy Isn't All Bad

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A defining feature of the Obama era—or at least one of them—is polarization.

Voters, and especially activists, are more uncompromising than they’ve ever been. This isn’t a bad thing. Activist intensity—backed by public interest—can force action and make parties more responsive to their voters. Intensity, for example, is one reason President Obama made his executive move on immigration, and it’s one reason Republicans are trying to push back with condemnation and countermeasures.

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