Now that the Democratic and Republican conventions are over, however, the most striking conclusion is how a collision of values produced a convergence of political strategies.
Both sides aggressively framed their conventions around the same question: Which side are you on?
(PHOTOS: Scenes from the Democratic convention)
The Republican way of putting it: Are you with us, or those people who disdain free enterprise, resent individual success and yearn for a European-style welfare state?
The Democratic way of putting it: Are you with us, or with those people who all look alike, want to control your sexual and reproductive freedom and don’t care about opportunities for anyone who isn’t already as successful as they are?
That both parties chose the most argumentative way of framing the case reflects a raucously argumentative age.
(PHOTOS: Scenes from the GOP convention)
It also demands that each party also answer a question: Why would you choose a style of angry, line-drawing politics that is exactly the opposite of the line-blurring style that has made Bill Clinton the politician with the highest approval ratings in the land?
Amid the latest redundant evidence of the radicalization of politics, here are six conclusions in the wake of Charlotte and Tampa:
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