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Logic or affiliation?

March 05, 2012 | 07:15 AM

Evaluate this story.

A politician has too much to drink one night and gets in an accident.

Later he goes on TV to rail against drunk drivers.

Is he a hypocrite or someone who made a mistake and has learned his lesson?

A recent study shows that it depends on whether or not you're a member of his party or the opposing party.

Forty percent of the people who are from the same party as our politician thinks he should be lauded. Only 16 percent think he's a hypocrite.

It's a classic example of how we evaluate our politicians and by extension their policies based on a life perspective more than an objective analysis or consistency.

It's a problem that plagues the warring TV networks and the reason reasoned, respectful political debate is harder and harder to find.

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