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The absurdity of partisanship
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Frank Rich
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Columns 24
Words 41966
Median Partisanship Index 34.9
Total Partisanship Index 21.3
Combined Partisanship Index 28.1
Positive Democratic Index 6.2
Negative Democratic Index 21.8
Positive Republican Index 10.5
Negative Republican Index 47.4
Positive Index 16.7
Negative Index 69.3
Neutral Index 14.0



Partisan References

Type Number All References
Positive Democratic 53 Democratic(6), Hart(3), Clinton(3), Democrats(3), Gore(2), Tom Daschle(2), Ann Richards(2), Gary Hart(2), Graham(2), Joe Lieberman(2), Harry Truman(2), Bill Clinton(2), Richards, Clinton White House, Dianne Feinstein, Byron Dorgan, Bart Stupak, Henry Waxman, Barney Frank, John F. Kennedy, Fritz Hollings, Robert Byrd, Clinton administration, Eliot Spitzer, Democrat, Paul Wellstone, Charles Schumer, John Kerry, Bob Graham, administration, Truman, F.D.R., J.F.K., Paul Simon
Negative Democratic 187 Democrats(43), McAuliffe(18), Gore(15), Democratic(14), Clinton(8), Al Gore(8), Daschle(6), Terry McAuliffe(6), Gary Condit(4), Bill Clinton(4), Lieberman(4), Tom Daschle(4), Clinton administration(3), Joseph Lieberman(3), John Edwards(2), Jesse Jackson(2), administration(2), Al Sharpton(2), Joe Lieberman(2), Bill McBride(2), Gephardt(2), Thurmond(2), Johnson administration, Hillary Rodham Clinton, John Kerry, Democratic Party, Robert McNamara, Barbra Streisand, Jim McDermott, Robert Torricelli, Mack McLarty, Robert Rubin, Richard Gephardt, Henry Waxman, Dick Gephardt, House Democrats, Democratic National Committee, Jean Carnahan, Bob Torricelli, Democratic Senate, Alex Sanders, Torricelli, Carnahan, Sanders, Frank Lautenberg, Walter Mondale, Kennedys, Andrew Cuomo, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Democrat, Nancy Pelosi, Lyndon Johnson, Robert Byrd
Neutral Democratic 37
Positive Republican 90 Republican(10), Bush(7), John McCain(6), President Bush(5), Rudman(4), Paul Wolfowitz(4), Colin Powell(3), Newt Gingrich(3), Chuck Hagel(3), Wolfowitz(3), Hagel(2), Condoleezza Rice(2), Giuliani(2), Republicans(2), Lindsey(2), Brent Scowcroft(2), Donald Rumsfeld(2), White House(2), William Kristol, Ridge, Arlen Specter, Paul O'Neill, Cheney, Tom Ridge, Rudolph Giuliani, Rove, Kevin Phillips, Marshall Wittmann, John Dean, Henry Kissinger, Dick Armey, James Baker, George W. Bush, Nickles, Rice, Warren Rudman, George Shultz, Reagan administration, Jeb Bush, Dick Cheney, Bush administration, Richard Shelby, Lott, Trent Lott
Negative Republican 406 administration(75), Bush(75), White House(42), Bush administration(22), Cheney(21), Lott(18), Republicans(13), George W. Bush(12), John Ashcroft(12), Dick Cheney(12), President Bush(10), Republican(10), Ashcroft(9), Lindsey(6), Thomas White(6), Ari Fleischer(6), Ridge(3), Kissinger(3), Richard Nixon(3), White(2), Karl Rove(2), Republican Party(2), Gonzales(2), Alberto Gonzales(2), Donald Rumsfeld(2), Billy Tauzin, Paul O'Neill, Marc Racicot, Nixon, Rove, Norman Mineta, Tom DeLay, Dick Armey, Rumsfeld, Mary Matalin, Tom Ridge, O'Neill, Fleischer, Nixon White House, Oxley, Michael Oxley, Larry Thompson, Thompson, George W. Bush, Andrew Card, Lawrence Eagleburger, Colin Powell, Andrew Card, Card, Condoleezza Rice, Lawrence Lindsey, Rudolph Giuliani, Gingrich, Henry Kissinger, Matalin, Wolfowitz, Trent Lott, Phil Gramm, Pat Robertson, Sonny Perdue, Jesse Helms
Neutral Republican 83



List of Columns

Title/
Date
words PI Partisan References
Bonfire of the Vanities
21 December 2002
1947 45 1D+: Paul Simon
6D-: Al Sharpton, Democrats, Thurmond, Thurmond, Democratic, Robert Byrd
6R+: Lott, John McCain, Republican, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Trent Lott
44R-: Trent Lott, Lott, Lott, Lott, Lott, Lott, Lott, Republican, Lott, Republican Party, Lott, Republican, Lott, Republican, Pat Robertson, Lott, John Ashcroft, Lott, Ashcroft, Ashcroft, Lott, Republicans, George W. Bush, Sonny Perdue, Republican, Ashcroft, Bush, Republicans, Lott, Lott, Republican, Lott, Republican, Lott, Ashcroft, administration, Lott, Republicans, Bush, Bush, White House, Republicans, Lott, Jesse Helms
2D=, 14R=
Pearl Harbor Day, 2002
7 December 2002
1769 46 2R+: Newt Gingrich, President Bush
19R-: Henry Kissinger, White House, Kissinger, Kissinger, Kissinger, Dick Cheney, Cheney, administration, Bush administration, White House, Cheney, administration, White House, administration, Bush administration, John Ashcroft, administration, White House, Wolfowitz
16R=
Do We Have to Call You Al?
23 November 2002
1801 2 15D+: Democratic, John Kerry, Joe Lieberman, Bob Graham, Graham, Graham, Democratic, Truman, F.D.R., J.F.K., Clinton, Clinton, Democratic, Democrats, Democratic
13D-: Gore, Democrat, Gore, Al Gore, Gore, Gore, Gore, Gore, Democrats, Gore, Gore, Nancy Pelosi, Democratic
4R+: President Bush, Republican, Richard Shelby, Colin Powell
3R-: Richard Nixon, Bush, Bush administration
12D=, 3R=
We're Not in Florida Anymore
9 November 2002
1934 58 3D+: Paul Wellstone, Clinton, Harry Truman
47D-: Democrats, Terry McAuliffe, Clinton, Gore, Democrats, Democratic, Bill McBride, Al Gore, McAuliffe, Tom Daschle, Democrats, Democratic, Dick Gephardt, Democrats, House Democrats, McAuliffe, McAuliffe, Democrats, Daschle, Gephardt, Democrats, McAuliffe, Democrats, Bill McBride, Jean Carnahan, Bob Torricelli, McAuliffe, Democratic Senate, Alex Sanders, Torricelli, Carnahan, Sanders, Gephardt, McAuliffe, Frank Lautenberg, Walter Mondale, Kennedys, Andrew Cuomo, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Democrats, Democratic, Clinton, McAuliffe, John Edwards, Al Gore, Gore, Democrats
5R+: Jeb Bush, White House, Bush administration, White House, Bush
3R-: George W. Bush, Gingrich, administration
11D=, 10R=
What Al Qaeda Learned in D.C.
26 October 2002
1722 28 6D+: Gary Hart, Hart, Bill Clinton, Hart, Hart, Gary Hart
3D-: Gary Condit, Democrats, Tom Daschle
13R+: John McCain, Paul Wolfowitz, Warren Rudman, George Shultz, President Bush, Bush, Rudman, Republican, Rudman, Newt Gingrich, Rudman, John McCain, Rudman
3R-: Rudolph Giuliani, Bush administration, White House
It's the War, Stupid
12 October 2002
1796 38 6D+: Gore, John F. Kennedy, Fritz Hollings, Democratic, Robert Byrd, Clinton administration
31D-: Barbra Streisand, Jim McDermott, Democratic, Al Gore, Robert Torricelli, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Gore, Democratic, Democrats, Democrats, Democratic, Tom Daschle, Democrats, Democrats, Democrats, Democrats, Richard Gephardt, Daschle, Gore, Gore, Gore, Al Gore, Al Gore, Democratic, Terry McAuliffe, Gore, McAuliffe, Democratic, Democrats, Daschle
2R+: Chuck Hagel, Republican
7R-: administration, George W. Bush, Bush, Republican, Bush, Bush, Bush
2D=, 4R=
The Jack Welch War Plan
28 September 2002
1768 29 7D-: Democrats, Daschle, Democrats, Daschle, administration, Daschle, Al Gore
2R+: Donald Rumsfeld, Rice
19R-: Republicans, Bush, Bush, White House, Bush administration, Bush, White House, administration, Bush, administration, White House, administration, Condoleezza Rice, John Ashcroft, Ashcroft, administration, Dick Cheney, White House, Lawrence Lindsey
3D=, 4R=
Never Forget What?
14 September 2002
1744 15 2D-: Democrats, Robert McNamara
6R+: George W. Bush, Bush, Brent Scowcroft, Bush, Republican, Nickles
12R-: Andrew Card, Card, White House, Ari Fleischer, Bush, administration, Bush, White House, administration, Bush, administration, Bush
1D=, 5R=
Slouching Towards 9/11
31 August 2002
1680 44 3D-: Democratic Party, Gary Condit, Bill Clinton
1R+: James Baker
12R-: Lawrence Eagleburger, Colin Powell, Bush administration, Bush administration, administration, John Ashcroft, Dick Cheney, administration, George W. Bush, administration, Bush, Cheney
2R=
The Waco Road to Baghdad
17 August 2002
1772 60 1D-: Democrats
6R+: Republican, Brent Scowcroft, Chuck Hagel, Henry Kissinger, Dick Armey, Hagel
28R-: George W. Bush, White House, Bush, Bush, administration, Bush, Andrew Card, White House, Bush, administration, Bush, administration, administration, administration, John Ashcroft, White House, administration, Bush, administration, White House, administration, Bush, Bush, Bush, administration, administration, White House, Dick Cheney
The Road to Perdition
20 July 2002
1744 47 9D-: Democrats, Terry McAuliffe, Joseph Lieberman, Tom Daschle, Hillary Rodham Clinton, John Kerry, Democrats, Clinton administration, Clinton administration
25R-: Bush administration, White House, John Ashcroft, Dick Cheney, George W. Bush, Republicans, White House, Bush, administration, Republicans, Bush, administration, Larry Thompson, Thompson, administration, Thomas White, Bush administration, Lindsey, administration, George W. Bush, Bush, White House, Bush, Cheney, George W. Bush
All the President's Enrons
6 July 2002
1788 60 4D+: Ann Richards, Eliot Spitzer, Bill Clinton, administration
3D-: Democrats, Al Gore, Joe Lieberman
6R+: Bush, Giuliani, Republican, Kevin Phillips, Marshall Wittmann, Republican
33R-: George W. Bush, Bush administration, John Ashcroft, Bush, administration, Bush administration, Bush, White House, Thomas White, White, administration, White House, Alberto Gonzales, Gonzales, administration, White House, Bush, Bush, administration, Bush, Bush, administration, administration, Oxley, Michael Oxley, Republican, Bush, Bush administration, Bush, Bush, Bush, White House, administration
1D=
Sacrifice Is for Losers
22 June 2002
1704 41 3D-: Johnson administration, Terry McAuliffe, Democratic
2R+: Bush, Rove
12R-: Nixon White House, Dick Cheney, Bush administration, Bush administration, Bush, Bush administration, administration, administration, Cheney, Karl Rove, administration, administration
Department of Homeland Insecurity
8 June 2002
1772 59 3D+: Charles Schumer, Democrat, Harry Truman
2D-: Clinton, Democratic
6R+: Arlen Specter, Republican, Paul O'Neill, Cheney, Tom Ridge, Rudolph Giuliani
29R-: White House, George W. Bush, Bush, Bush, administration, White House, Bush administration, Ari Fleischer, White House, administration, Dick Cheney, Cheney, O'Neill, administration, Cheney, Cheney, White House, President Bush, Cheney, Cheney, Cheney, Ari Fleischer, Cheney, Fleischer, Bush, Cheney, Bush, John Ashcroft, Bush
1R=
Thanks for the Heads-Up
25 May 2002
1770 55 4D+: Democratic, Democrats, Tom Daschle, Joe Lieberman
3D-: Clinton administration, Clinton, Bill Clinton
5R+: Republicans, William Kristol, John McCain, Ridge, Giuliani
27R-: Cheney, Rumsfeld, Ridge, White House, Bush administration, White House, Bush, Dick Cheney, administration, Donald Rumsfeld, White House, John Ashcroft, Bush, administration, Ari Fleischer, Bush, Tom Ridge, Ridge, administration, Bush, White House, administration, Cheney, administration, Ridge, Ashcroft, Ashcroft
3R=
The Booing of Wolfowitz
11 May 2002
1625 45 2D+: Barney Frank, Democrats
3D-: Democrats, John Edwards, Democrats
10R+: Wolfowitz, Paul Wolfowitz, Wolfowitz, Paul Wolfowitz, Wolfowitz, Republicans, Paul Wolfowitz, Bush, Colin Powell, Dick Cheney
2R-: Dick Armey, administration
3R=
Religion for Dummies
27 April 2002
1554 50 1D-: Gary Condit
4R-: Tom DeLay, John Ashcroft, President Bush, Ashcroft
1R=
The Bush Doctrine, R.I.P.
13 April 2002
1810 57 1D-: Lyndon Johnson
5R+: Reagan administration, Condoleezza Rice, Chuck Hagel, Republican, Hagel
32R-: Bush, Bush, Richard Nixon, administration, Bush, President Bush, Bush, Bush, administration, Bush, administration, Bush, Bush, administration, Bush, administration, administration, Bush, Dick Cheney, administration, Bush, Bush, Bush, administration, Bush, Bush, Bush, administration, Bush, Bush, administration, administration
1D=, 7R=
Live by Show Biz, Die by Show Biz
16 March 2002
1632 100 1R+: Newt Gingrich
Freedom From the Press
2 March 2002
1658 100 24R-: George W. Bush, Nixon, administration, administration, White House, White House, Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, Thomas White, Bush administration, administration, White House, Alberto Gonzales, Karl Rove, Rove, White House, Gonzales, President Bush, administration, White House, Norman Mineta, Dick Cheney, administration, White House
The Two Enron System
16 February 2002
1763 2 3D+: Byron Dorgan, Bart Stupak, Henry Waxman
18D-: Democrats, Democratic, Terry McAuliffe, Democrats, Democrats, Democrats, McAuliffe, McAuliffe, McAuliffe, McAuliffe, Democratic National Committee, McAuliffe, Democrats, Joseph Lieberman, Lieberman, Lieberman, Democrats, Lieberman
2R+: John McCain, President Bush
18R-: Republicans, Republican Party, Marc Racicot, Republicans, Republicans, President Bush, Cheney, Thomas White, Thomas White, administration, Bush, Lindsey, Bush, administration, Lindsey, John Ashcroft, White House, Lindsey
1D=, 1R=
State of the Enron
2 February 2002
1755 26 2D+: Clinton White House, Dianne Feinstein
11D-: Jesse Jackson, Joseph Lieberman, Terry McAuliffe, Democrats, McAuliffe, Bill Clinton, McAuliffe, McAuliffe, Clinton, McAuliffe, McAuliffe
3R+: John Dean, Lindsey, Lindsey
23R-: President Bush, Billy Tauzin, Paul O'Neill, Thomas White, Bush administration, White, President Bush, Dick Cheney, Cheney, Richard Nixon, White House, administration, Cheney, Cheney, President Bush, Bush, Cheney, administration, Bush administration, Ari Fleischer, administration, Cheney, Lindsey
4R=
The United States of Enron
19 January 2002
1778 23 2D+: Ann Richards, Richards
15D-: Clinton, Democrats, Bill Clinton, Mack McLarty, administration, Democrats, Joe Lieberman, Robert Rubin, Clinton, Democrats, Democrats, Lieberman, Henry Waxman, Democratic, Democrats
24R-: President Bush, George W. Bush, Bush, Lindsey, Bush, Mary Matalin, Dick Cheney, administration, Ari Fleischer, White House, White House, Matalin, Bush administration, administration, President Bush, administration, Republicans, John Ashcroft, Republican, Phil Gramm, Republican, Bush administration, Republicans, Ashcroft
3D=, 3R=
Patriotism on the Cheap
5 January 2002
1680 20 2D+: Gore, Tom Daschle
5D-: Gary Condit, Clinton, Democrats, Democrats, Democrats
3R+: President Bush, John McCain, Donald Rumsfeld
3R-: George W. Bush, Republicans, Bush
2R=