One of the most-quoted lines by Charles Krauthammer came from a 2002 column, which began thusly:
To understand the workings of American politics, you have to understand this fundamental law: Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil.
Peggy Noonan drafts a variation on this theme:
Democratic leaders in Washington are in a worse position than Republican leaders in Washington. Neither likes their base, really, and both think they are smarter. But the Democrats think, deep down, that their base is barking mad. The Republicans don’t. They just think their base is a bore.
For some thoughts on the first half of Noonan’s equation, click here.
Update: North Carolina seems to be taking Noonan’s Law a bit too seriously, it seems…