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I think this is consistent with Altemeyer's "authoritarian personality" theory. Strong group identification (complete with hypocrisy, self-righteousness, inability to take into account contrary evidence, and ability to held contradictory beliefs) is a key feature of "right-wing authoritarianism".

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jul 17th, 2007 at 07:02:10 AM EST
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