Open Phones: Your Political Brain

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In his New York Times column yesterday, David Brooks asks: How much emotional and psychic space should politics take up in a normal healthy brain? We take up the question: What's your answer? How do you find balance?

I figure that unless you are in the business of politics, covering it or columnizing about it, politics should take up maybe a tenth corner of a good citizen’s mind. The rest should be philosophy, friendship, romance, family, culture and fun. I wish our talk-show culture reflected that balance, and that the emotional register around politics were more in keeping with its low but steady nature.

-- David Brooks