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Why There Is No Polarization in Connecticut

Lamont and His General Assembly Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody ever does anything about it, said either Mark Twain or, more likely, Hartford Courant editor Charles Dudley Warner, a close friend of Twain’s. The same may be said of political polarization, frequently mentioned in stories in which former President Donald Trump is cast as the nation’s sole polarizer. Here is a sentence drawn at random from a recent Courant opinion piece, “ JFK’s ‘Best and Brightest’ revisited ,” written by Scott Badler, a former Harvard and Emerson writing instructor: “The nation is polarized, and it is rare that someone from one party votes with the other party.” “Polarized” is the perfect word to describe a left-right standoff on irreconcilable issues. Think of Alaska’s frozen tundra, of lungs scorched by below zero temperatures, of breathless politicians swooning into man-high snow drifts. Bader supposes that the John F. Kennedy era was considerably more bipartisan and well-manner
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