Morning Jay: Obama the Polarizer
6:00 AM, May 2, 2012 • By JAY COST
All in all, this chart underscores our two big points. First, polarization has been a growing phenomenon over the years – note that Ike, JFK, and Nixon had never been polarizing by this point in their tenures, while every successor to them has been for at least a little while. Second, Obama is pushing the upper boundaries of the record for most polarization, and will probably break it by the summer. This suggests that his political approach has exacerbated what was already a very pronounced trend.
Jay Cost is a staff writer at THE WEEKLY STANDARD and the author of Spoiled Rotten, a critical history of the Democratic party, forthcoming from Broadside Books.