President Obama was campaigning in Cincinnati on Sunday night, he claimed, "When the other party is willing to work with me...I've been right there with them!"
The president is taking the "bipartisan" tone in the wake of criticism that under his leadership, America's partisan divide has grown deeper. He also said Mitt Romney would "rubber-stamp the tea party's agenda in Congress".
Right after he blasted the tea party, the president touted his bipartisanship. He said, "When the other party has been willing to work with me to advance the cause of middle-class and working-class families, I've been right there with them."
Perhaps the president should have a word with Harry Reid, who recently stated, "Mitt Romney's fantasy that Senate Democrats will work with him to pass his 'severely conservative' agenda is laughable," in a sad foreshadowing of what a President Mitt Romney should expect in Washington.
Despite the rhetoric, the record tells a different story. Many newspapers have switched their endorsements from the president in 2008, to Romney in 2012; many citing polarization as a reason for the switch.
The Daily Herald in Illinois said,
"Today, our country is still polarized, our politics is still partisan, our economy slugs along painfully on one of the slowest recoveries in history and the country's debt threatens our future and the future of our children."
The Des Moines Register notes that the "partisan divide has hardened," while the Houston Chronicle laments that despite the president's "promise to move American politics beyond partisan gridlock...It hasn't happened."
Mocking opponents is not the formula for civility and bipartisanship. The president's famous and inspiring line about how America consists not of red states and blue states but United States, conflicts with his typical polarizing rhetoric, and that of those closest to him.
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