Sunday, April 05, 2009

Obama Most Partisan and Polarizing President in Modern Era

He can't blame this one on President Bush!

During the campaign Obama promised to end partisanship and business as usual Washington politics. But like so many of his promises, it hasn't taken long for Obama to dump high-minded rhetoric about working together for the common good and pursue a radical liberal agenda.

Obama's path to hyper-partisanship was clearly marked:
  • Obama dismisses ideas of a GOP Senator with the phrase "I won."
  • Obama tells GOP Congressman they shouldn't listen to Rush Limbaugh then launches attack on Limbaugh using the power of the White House.
  • Obama tells even wavering Democrats who dare to disagree that he's "keeping score."

After eight years of relative bipartisanship in which President Bush compromised with Democrats on issues like Education and spending we now have a President who has made it his mission to ram through the most radical liberal program in history and damn anyone who dares to object.

No small wonder then that this is the result:

Partisan Gap in Obama Job Approval Widest in Modern Era
Pew Research
April 2, 2009
For all of his hopes about bipartisanship, Barack Obama has the most polarized early job approval ratings of any president in the past four decades. The 61-point partisan gap in opinions about Obama's job performance is the result of a combination of high Democratic ratings for the president -- 88% job approval among Democrats -- and relatively low approval ratings among Republicans (27%).

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