Portland Press Herald
| by Eric Russell

Professor of Government Dan Shea was tapped to comment on the Portland Press Herald article “Can Susan Collins survive Trump’s takeover of the Republican Party?” Among the questions the article asks is if Senator Collins has changed or if politics have changed. “I think she has been caught up in what scholars are calling affect partisanship or negative partisanship,” explained Shea. “That’s when we don’t simply disagree with the other side, but see the other side as a threat to the nation. That’s happening on both sides. There is less tolerance for those who shift between parties. Less room for the moderates.”

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