Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Has Obama Congealed "Bush's Divided Country?"

Let's take a look (My emphasis on all articles):

"President Obama "rocketed to fame when he pledged to build a bridge between 'red' and 'blue' America," said Joe Murray in The Philadelphia Bulletin, but a new Pew Research Center poll shows that Obama is in the middle of "the greatest partisan divide in modern history." With Obama's approval rating at 27 percent among Republicans but 88 percent among Democrats, it's clear that the president's "far-reaching agenda" has only polarized the nation.

"This is not a reflection of the president," said Andrew Sullivan in The Atlantic, "but of the opposition. Republicans are historically far more hostile to presidents of the opposite party than the Democrats." Obama has reached out, but the "Fox/Limbaugh/Drudge" crowd is more interested in "near parodic outrage" than real dialogue..." (TheWeek.com)

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"..."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," says the Pew Research Center.

The 61-point partisan gap eclipses George W. Bush's 51-point gap in his first year, and that was after the long recount and simmering charges from Democrats that Bush stole the 2000 election..." (source)

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And then Gallup feels they need to help explain this for Obama (Seems they may be positioning themselves to leave Gallup and work for the administration):

"...To the extent Republicans are evaluating Obama on the substance of his policies and proposals (particularly his domestic policies) there may be little for them to like, since Obama's policies have largely followed usual Democratic doctrine. Thus, a wide partisan gap is understandable -- even for a president trying to avoid one. But Obama's best efforts at creating a post-partisan presidency are complicated by the ideological hegemony within the congressional party caucuses and the partisan pundits filling the airwaves, print pages, and blogosphere, seeking to convince those who watch, listen, or read of the correctness of their views and the incorrectness of their opponents' views. In such an environment, it is not surprising that George W. Bush's later approval ratings were in single digits among Democrats while he maintained rather healthy ratings among Republicans.

These forces may help to explain the stability in Obama's approval rating among all Americans, as well as the large partisan divide in his public evaluations..." (Gallup)


The Messiah a bigger divider than Bush the Infidel? Say it aint so.

...And speaking of Bush, I wonder if anyone compiled a list of all the negative things Obama said about The United States and the "previous administration" while he was off giving a queen an iPod...

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