This bumper sticker illustrates the point. Jersey wearers display their team spirit in ways familiar to sports fans. Credit, Nadin Abbott

Team Sports and Politics

Politics

So what does this have to do with American politics? Everything. As it has been noted by others already, Americans treat politics like another (blood) sport.

Policy

How does this affect policy? First off, sausage making is, by its very nature, hard to follow. It is complex, and some bills affect your life more than others. However, the sports mentality also affect how it is done. It goes without saying, there was a time when this mentality did not get in the way of policy making. It was an era when politicians did compromise more often than not.

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Nadin Brzezinski

Historian by training. Former day to day reporter. Sometimes a geek who enjoys a good miniatures game. You can find me at CounterSocial, Mastodon and rarely FB