The last week of August saw perhaps the best example of the current cognitive dissonance of American politics. This refers to the twin events of Senator McCain’s funeral and the Florida Gubernatorial primary. The primary, which took place on August 28th, resulted in the election of two politicians that come from each parties’ respective bases, and who both beat more moderate, centrist candidates. This result needs to be viewed against the ethos of bipartisanship, compromise and rebuttal of tribal politics that was the centerpiece of Senator McCain’s funeral and the commentary that surrounded it. While people claim they want politicians that are willing to embrace the American ideals of compromise, they seem to be continuously electing individuals who instead satisfy a different ideal, that of “fighting” for ideological purity. Whether this dichotomy will break anytime soon will be determined in fifty-six days.