Thursday, April 9, 2009

Obama polarizing?

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.


Jeff Hebert said...

Nothing speaks louder than lapel pins.

Jeff Hebert said...

Andrew Sullivan has a post on this today as well. He's copying you!

JohnSBoles said...

After eight years of swagger and jingoism I wouldn't expect less than this from die hard Republicans. It will take some time for thoughtful, reasonable and educated Republicans to take back the party of Lincoln, Bill Buckley and Barry Goldwater. At this point the knuckle draggers are in control of the GOP.

I am a little troubled by trying to determine who is patriotic. I think we have to begin by assuming that no matter our viewpoint we are all patriots.

Anonymous said...

Actions speak louder than anything.

The South Plainsman said...

I don't supppose it might occur to you Bush haters that the reason that a higher percentage of Democrats approved of Bush than Republicans was because Bush was far more bi-partisan that Obama?

But why ruin a good story?

The South Plainsman said...

Oops. My thoughts got ahead of my typing.

Should be "than Republicans approve of Obama."

Jeff Hebert said...

SP I can only assume you're kidding. Anyway that is not what the data show -- numbers don't lie.

George Phenix said...

First, I yield to John Boles declaration that we are all patriots. My mistake. I was angry.

Today's rant was triggered by Karl Rove's sanctimonious BS in the WSJ. He and the boy president did more to marginalize the Republican Party than any administration in history.

Not that I care.

But in the process, they trampled the Constitution and nearly crippled America at home and abroad with the ill-conceived war in Iraq and the lack of regulation for their pals on Wall Street.

That's what I do care about. And that's just for openers.

Am I a Bush hater? Not just Bush. Be sure to include Cheney, Alberto Gonzales, Karl Rove, Paul Wolfowitz, who sucked his comb before meetings, that idiot UN ambassador John Bolton, Grover Norquist, Tom DeLay, and... and...

The South Plainsman said...

Jeff, one of George Bush's first acts as President was to re-nominate some Federal Judges that Clinton had nominated, and that the Republicans had held up.

I have yet to see Obama do anything like that. And I don't expect to.

I am not going to argue the point, but will just note that a President is President of ALL of the people, and he needs a least to try to work with all sides. Bush tried. Obama has not, yet.

George, there are some on your list that I don't care for, either. DeLay is at the top, but the others have me pissed off as well.

Jeff Hebert said...

SP: You mean besides nominating serving Republicans to be in his Cabinet? Or inviting them to his house for dinner and debate? Or giving them 90% of what they wanted in a budget? That kind of stuff? Only to be spat on when it comes time to actually vote or to pass any sort of legislation, even stuff the Republicans themselves asked for? That kind of thing?

Life in the echo chamber must be a really weird place. Getting every single Republican to vote no on every single issue is somehow a sign that Obama's not bipartisan enough. That's really funny.

JohnSBoles said...

The problem with political practice in America is in its evolution over the last twenty five years. Ed Rollins and Lee Atwater made it a full contact sport and Karl Rove moved on to the next level. American politics is now a blood sport. I know I named only Republican apparatchiks, you all can fill in the names of the corresponding Democrats.

George I'm just happy to have a place to vent in the midst of all you learned individuals.

Anonymous said...

John Boles- The only 'learned individuals are SP and myself. The rest are just hoping the plug doesn't come out of the bottom of the tub,and their political and human ignorance doesn,t go down with the water.----Goose

JohnSBoles said...

There you go. Now doesn't a little comedy make you feel better.

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