America’s “red/blue” political divide is real, but both its novelty and significance are overstated.
William A. Galston is a senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution. Pietro S. Nivola is vice president and director of governance studies at the Brookings Institution. This essay is adapted from the forthcoming book, Red and Blue Nation? Causes, Consequences, and Corrections of America’s Polarized Politics (Brookings Institution Press, December 2006).