With all of the fawning over President Obama and the political arguments during the campaign just past, this little blurb from MSNBC struck me as quite funny and quite true:
"Are your political views backed by reason? If you're a staunch Republican or Democrat, they're probably not. Areas of the brain associated with reason are hardly active when dedicated partisans explain away contradictory statements made by their preferred candidates, according to brain imaging research."
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28814417/?pg=2#Tech_BrainScience to view the page.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/newsnight/2007/08/the_political_brain_by_drew_westen.html for more details on the research.
Now, if you know someone who is always partisan (republican or democrat), they are likely feeling more than they are thinking.