Divisive President

by Russ Roberts on June 14, 2004

in Politics

Just a follow-up to the earlier post on bipartisanship. The other theme that cropped up last week when talking about Reagan was that yes, while the Reagan years were allegedly more bipartisan (whatever that means), Reagan himself was, well, it’s hard to admit and not everyone felt this way but some did, Reagan was, according to some, a (dare I mention the word) divisive President.

How could it be otherwise? Every President is divisive. That is the nature of politics. The only President in American history who wasn’t divisive might be William Henry Harrison who died a month into office. But I’m sure a decent Presidential historian could dissuade me.

The essence of politics is to be divisive.

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