Wshington Post: Obama The Most Polarizing President Ever...

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  1. paulitician
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    Wow, this coming from a long-established Liberal Media Outlet like the Washington Post is very surprising and damning.


    President Obama ran — and won — in 2008 on the idea of uniting the country. But, each of his first three years in office have marked historic highs in political polarization, with Democrats largely approving of him and Republicans deeply disapproving.

    For 2011, Obama’s third year in office, an average of 80 percent of Democrats approved of the job he was doing in Gallup tracking polls, as compared to 12 percent of Republicans who felt the same way. That’s a 68-point partisan gap, the highest for any president’s third year in office — ever. (The previous high was George W. Bush in 2007, when he had a 59 percent difference in job approval ratings.)

    In 2010, the partisan gap between how Obama was viewed by Democrats versus Republicans stood at 68 percent; in 2009, it was 65 percent. Both were the highest marks ever for a president’s second and first years in office, respectively.

    What do those numbers tell us? Put simply: that the country is hardening along more and more strict partisan lines.

    While it’s easy to look at the numbers cited above and conclude that Obama has failed at his mission of bringing the country together, a deeper dig into the numbers in the Gallup poll suggests that the idea of erasing the partisan gap is simply impossible, as political polarization is rising rapidly.

    Out of the ten most partisan years in terms of presidential job approval in Gallup data, seven — yes, seven — have come since 2004. Bush had a run between 2004 and 2007 in which the partisan disparity of his job approval was at 70 points or higher.

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    Obama: The most polarizing president. Ever. - The Washington Post
     
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    The Post is Liberal? who knew.
     
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    Yup
     
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    The OP wrongly assumes that the president, or any president, causes the polarization.
     
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    He ain't the sole cause, but he is a big reason for it. I think he's been playing politics from day one rather than properly governing.
     
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    The atmosphere makes it impossible to Govern. The Republicans in the House are their way or the highway, that's impossible to work with.
     
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    I think you'll find it was because of Obama's attitude to the GOP that they became 'dug in' on their stance.

    How the fuck can anyone defend that man's attitude towards those who disagree with him? He referred to them (me) as 'the enemy'.

    He has offended every one of our allies, particularly Britain and Israel. Those countries - particularly Britain - have stood by this country every damned time we've asked. And Obama treats them like crap.

    The man does not know how to govern. He was elected President of the United States - ALL of it, not just the parts that follow their Messiah.
     
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    No, I won't find that because I wasn't born in 2009 and I heard them planning on it before he was elected.
     
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    In my observation, ever since "you can't support the troops if you don't support the war" the far right noise machine has been the primary driver behind the polarization of this country.
     
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    That's when my ear was thrown to the wind and became interested in this stuff as a hobby. I caught it on Hate radio when sports radio was on a commercial one day, and much like my Howard Stern fascination (love to hate 'em) - politics got me like that. I kept thinking that the things they were saying? Noone in their right mind thinks like that.
     

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