First off, I apologize for the painting with the broad brush, as I understand Republicans (and Democrats) encompass quite diverse individuals who don’t necessarily share views on all subjects.
On the topic of this thread. Wisconsin governor Scott Walker was ordered to release emails by a state court today. Among the emails was this gem, an incredibly offensive joke that made fun not only of blacks, but also jews, mexicans, the disabled, AIDS patients, and orphans. I am socially to the left and fiscally right down the middle, but vote Democratic. I am simply dumbfounded by how anyone can read this “joke” and find it funny Frankly, the mean-spirited tone just strikes all the wrong notes with me, and I have a hard time imagining how anyone could not only find this funny, but also funny enough to send to others by email.
I’m sure there are Democrats out there who may find the joke funny. However, stories about Democratic politicians sending out racist and bigoted emails tend to be rare, while these sorts of stories tend to appear with a higher frequency with Republicans politicians. Why is this? Do Republican politicians (and voters) tend to have less empathic views than those in the Democratic side? Have there been any studies performed about this?