Does your support for an idea fade if the wrong person backs it?



If Donald Trump ever comes up with a really good idea, I’m going to go out of my way to support it. I don’t want to be accused of suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome.

Allow me to explain:

Four  years ago, a Washington Post/ABC poll conducted before President Obama unveiled a gun-control agenda showed Republicans overwhelmingly supporting — or no worse than evenly divided — on four central Obama proposals.

But when a subsequent WaPo/ABC poll asked for reaction to Obama’s proposals — without specifying the nature of them — Republican respondents were overwhelmingly opposed.

Obviously, the problem for most GOPers was Obama — not the proposals. The problem was the political hyperpartisanship of the era in which we live these days.

An essay back then in The Washington Post  said this:

While polls found Republicans are open to specific gun control measures, they may be less open to a comprehensive approach.

Another possibility? It’s Obama.

Republicans’ sharp negative reaction to Obama’s gun control proposals symbolizes a paradox of presidential leadership in a hyper-partisan era. Obama’s full-throated endorsement of a comprehensive proposal may have increased the chances new gun restrictions become law. But as the chief messenger he also brings out a lot of ill from the opposition. And with Republicans deeply distrustful of Obama — 80 percent disapproved of his performance in a Post-ABC poll released last week — the messenger will be judged just as much as the message.

I’m guessing that this kind of partisanship is more common among Republicans than Democrats. The GOPers are more unreasonably hateful than their political rivals.

If you think I’m wrong about this,  tell me.