How The 1990s Paved The Way For Today's Political Divide Red states. Blue waves. These are phrases we hear all the time these days. Political correspondent Steve Kornacki says this is nothing new.

He says it was the '90s that have brought us today's polarized politics. In his new book, The Red and the Blue: The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism, Kornacki traces the origin story back several decades.

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Red states. Blue waves. These are phrases we hear all the time these days.

Political correspondent Steve Kornacki says this is nothing new.

Kornacki told Parade:

The 1990s were the decade that made "red and blue America" a thing, and it's the same thing that made our politics what it is today. I think a lot of people's memories of the '90s are nostalgic. The economy was pretty strong, there was good TV and movies, yet our politics were changing quickly and dramatically. If you had said "red America and blue America" at the start of the decade, those terms would have had no meaning. By the end of the decade, the map that emerges from the 2000 election is the story of a country where there are deep and sharp divisions already emerging.

In his new book, The Red and the Blue: The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism, Kornacki traces the origin story back several decades.

We talk to him about how the political climate of the 1990s shaped our own today.