Susan J. Douglas is a professor of communications at the University of Michigan. She writes:
I hate Republicans. I can’t stand the thought of having to spend the next two years watching Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Ted Cruz, Darrell Issa or any of the legions of other blowhards denying climate change, thwarting immigration reform or championing fetal “personhood.”
Wow. This professor admits publicly she is a Hater. She hates. Yes, she has her rationalizations for her hate, as all haters have their rationalizations for their hate. But what is striking is that this person is a professor of communications. You would think a person in such a position would be enlightened enough to eschew hate and take a more nuanced approach to life.
After confessing she is a hater, Douglas then tries to posture is if she is an objective scholar:
party identification and hatred shape a whole host of non-political decisions. Iyengar and Westwood asked participants in their study to review the resumés of graduating high school seniors to decide which ones should receive scholarships. Some resumés had cues about party affiliation (say, member of the Young Republicans Club) and some about racial identity (also through extracurricular activities, or via a stereotypical name). Race mattered, but not nearly as much as partisanship. An overwhelming 80 percent of partisans chose the student of their own party. And this held true even if the candidate from the opposite party had better credentials.
How did we come to this pass?
Given her hatred of Republicans, I think we can safely predict who she is going to blame:
Obviously, my tendency is to blame the Republicans more than the Democrats, which may seem biased. But history and psychological research bear me out.
LOL! It “may seem” biased. Er, professor….it is biased. After all, haters are not well known for their ability to approach the subject of their hate in an objective fashion, now are they?
Let’s watch her rationalize: