Obama is not the most polarizing president ever

Despite The Washington Post's rather preposterous claim, this president is not the nation's most divisive ever. Not even close

Edward Morrissey

The Washington Post headline was certainly provocative — and definitive. "Obama: The most polarizing president. Ever." As in, case closed, no argument, and explicitly indicated by the evidence. Some might agree with that assessment even without evidence … and they'd have to do so, because the Post's headline writer made a claim that couldn't possibly be reconciled with proof.

Before we debate the issues of polarization, we should note that the article itself didn't support the claim, nor did it make it. Barack Obama has the dubious honor of having the highest differential between Gallup approval ratings in his own party and those in the opposition party for a third year in office, which is a fairly limiting distinction. In fact, he had the same differential in 2011 that he did in 2010 — 68 points — which indicates a certain amount of stability in the polarization.

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Edward Morrissey

Edward Morrissey has been writing about politics since 2003 in his blog, Captain's Quarters, and now writes for HotAir.com. His columns have appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Post, The New York Sun, the Washington Times, and other newspapers. Morrissey has a daily Internet talk show on politics and culture at Hot Air. Since 2004, Morrissey has had a weekend talk radio show in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and often fills in as a guest on Salem Radio Network's nationally-syndicated shows. He lives in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota with his wife, son and daughter-in-law, and his two granddaughters. Morrissey's new book, GOING RED, will be published by Crown Forum on April 5, 2016.