how partisanship disables thinking

A perfect example:

Let’s pause to think about this for two seconds: How likely is it that the Vice-Presidential candidate of a major party — or any party — would stand up to speak at his party’s nationally televised convention wearing a lapel pin featuring the flag of another country? I think we might generously estimate the likelihood as: zero. And if through some miraculous suspension of all reason some such candidate did that … Honduras? Of all countries?

And yet that’s the assumption someone tweeting for the North Carolina Republican Party instantly made. It’s a classic example of how political partisanship completely disables the brain. Its circuits overwhelmed by contempt for the political enemy, the partisan mind ceases to function at even an elementary level.