However one tries to torture the data, as Peter Wehner writes, Barack Obama is the most polarizing President in the past four decades in terms of early job approval ratings. One realizes, of course, that Obamaphiles will try to torture the data in order to dilute the impact of this finding, but just because such attempts at rationalization are expected, that does not mean they ought to be excused.
Throughout his eight years in the Oval Office, George W. Bush was harmed by the perception that he was a divider, not a uniter. The current President got to where he is by promising to bring us together in a way that his predecessor supposedly never did. Now, we are finding that thus far, at least, President Obama is not up to the task. Just as George W. Bush paid a political price for supposedly being polarizing, President Obama ought to as well, especially given that his numbers are worse than his predecessor’s at a similar point in their Presidencies.
Live by the approval rating, die by the approval rating.