The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life hosted "Political Polarization: A Conversation Across the Divide" with guests Mark McKinnon, political strategist and founder of No Labels; Trey Grayson, director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University; and Linda Moore Forbes, a 25-year veteran of presidential campaigns and founder of LMF Strategies.

This recap of the event provides some of the takeaways and highlights of the evening. To view the full version, please visit

The gulf between Americans who identify as either Republican or Democrat has widened and deepened, even to the point that some citizens say they would not approve of their son or daughter marrying outside their own political party.

Polarization makes politics more exciting for intense partisans. But governing, which used to involve the art of compromise, becomes more difficult. Campaigning becomes skewed by the intensity of feeling on each side, while those with more moderate views are left out of the dialogue.

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