Even before his catastrophic election, it was hard not to guffaw when his Kool-Aid–guzzling supporters dreamily averred that electing a radical left community organizer on the strength of his black skin and Muslim background would unite the country. Three grueling years of economic misery and eroded liberty later, even his amen corner at the Washington Post admits that Barack Hussein Obama has been the most polarizing president ever:
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.
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.
Expect the polarization to continue even if the class warrior is dislodged from power. If we can’t all agree that his presidency has been an unmitigated disaster, then it’s unlikely we will concur on anything any time soon.
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