My turn, your turn: More on Partisanship

By Gary McNair - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A couple of weeks ago I did a commentary about partisanship.  Normally I take my turn - you get your turn - issue over - and we move on.

Not this time.  I still receive emails confusing partisanship with our multi-party system.

So, for those of you who are still confused - I have the official definition of being partisan:


  1. a strong supporter of a person, group, or cause, especially one who does not listen to other people's opinions
  2. showing strong and usually biased support for a cause, especially a political one

Well, I've got undeniable proof that partisanship doesn't just exist inside the beltway, and I can also show you how ugly partisanship can be.

Earlier this week John McCain came to town, but the real show was outside the arena where McCain supporters met Obama supporters.

I would really like to think that any other time in the last three years, these people screaming at each other could have had a rational conversation - and maybe even be friends.  Why, oh why, does politics bring out the worst in us?

So I stand by my earlier statement. Partisanship is bad.  Not just because it divides those who lead us.  But because too many others are following that lead.

That's my turn.  Now it's your turn.  To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me, here.