SOTU and Polarization
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From the RightObama regrets polarized rancor. He should.
One of the “few regrets” of his presidency, President Obama said dolefully in his State of the Union speech, was “that the rancor and suspicion between the parties has gotten worse instead of better.” Were he endowed with “the gifts of Lincoln or Roosevelt,” he remarked, he could have done more to bridge the partisan divide. But he pledged to “keep trying to be better so long as I hold this office.”
Did you experience a touch of déjà vu when the president said that? Four years ago, when he...
From the LeftObama accepts blame with an ever-more-obstructionist GOP
Considering the stubbornness of his opposition, I thought President Barack Obama was being quite generous in expressing “regrets” over his role in Washington’s dysfunction.
“It’s one of the few regrets of my presidency,” he said, “that the rancor and suspicion between the parties has gotten worse instead of better.”
He shouldn’t be too hard on himself, in my view. When it comes to stirring “rancor an
From the LeftThe New York Times Debates the Obama Presidency: Disappointment or Disaster?
The New York Times' “Room for Debate” column today debates “the defining aspects of Obama’s legacy.” Six writers contributed to the discussion. It is safe to say the debate has not gone well for the Obama administration: