But the idea that Americans instinctively recoil from negativity or that there will be some sort of backlash against Republicans generally and Palin specifically because of how "negative" their convention speeches were is pure fantasy. Cultural tribalism and personality attacks of those sort work, especially when they're not aggressively engaged.
I hesitate to advocate a similar reliance on personality-based politics on the part of Democrats, liberals, the Left, etc., if only because it is a distraction from the actual issues we face. However, that might be a false dichotomy. Why can't those who oppose the Republican (or, more generally, the party-independent regressive-theocratic-corporatist) agenda link the personal and the political, since the two are usually inseparable in real life anyway? And why can't they "grow a pair"? This reader agrees: