My eyes are bigger than my brain.
Prompted by an e-mail exchange, I went ahead and checked out a copy of the The Political Brain by Drew Westen and spent last evening skimming it.
One of the things that I noticed was that Westen is one of the researchers who conducted the study last year about the way in which political partisans think with the emotional centers of their brain when processing (and rationalizing away) contradictory statements from their candidates.
I'm not sure how I managed to miss that before, given that the Rationally Speaking post that I linked to explicitly says that Drew Western (sic) was the lead researcher of the study.
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