Democrats have been hinting for the past two years that Tea Partiers and the Right are simpleminded, emotional, easily manipulated fear mongers and rabble rousers, but now they have a neuroscience-based explanation for it. According to Obama:
“Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now, and facts and science and argument do not seem to be winning the day all the time, is because we’re hardwired not to always think clearly when we’re scared. And the country’s scared.”
Missing link in Obama’s thesis: what he and Congress have been doing to us lately is not in fact reason to be scared witless.