The Pew Research Center released a poll last week indicating President Obama is our most polarizing president in four decades.
We will pause here for conservatives to cheer. Wait for it.
OK. Let’s take a look at those numbers. Who was being polled?
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%).
At about the same time during his term, President Bush showed a 51% partisan gap. Why? One big reason is because of the Democrats. Back then, Democrats gave Bush's job performance a 36% approval rating; that compares with a 27% job approval rating for Obama among Republicans today.
Obviously, hidebound Republicans won’t cut Obama any slack. It’s easier for them to remain the party of no.
One conclusion: Democrats are more patriotic.
Why? Because when they are the minority party, more Democrats are willing to stand behind the president regardless of his political affiliation than Republicans are when the situation is reversed.
Actions speak louder than lapel pins.