Angry voters! So sayeth the Politico, so sayeth Bobo Collins. Angry voters are always bad, because when their candidates lose, it shows how awesome the center is and when their candidates win, it’s because people are angry, not because they have any idea what they are voting for. On the other hand, it’s important that presidents get angry when faced with a crisis they can’t do anything about. Otherwise, they look like Jimmy Carter.
I wonder if the increasing, incoherent focus on the emotions of voters and politicians is a by product of the fact that there is now no quantifiable way to keep score in politics. There was a time when elections had consequences, but that time is long past. Conservatism is ascendant in DC mythology, even though Republicans are badly outnumbered in Congress. Nothing can be quantified in politics anymore, so it’s best just to talk about who’s happy, who’s sad, who’s angry, who’s Spock-like.