A Nation Divided: Why Is America This Deeply Polarized?

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Bob and Tony discuss the partisan divisions in the country and agree that they have never been this deep: on Health Care, on the stimulus and the Wall Street bailout. But why is there so much anger? While Bob doesn’t see Obama as much of a leftist, Tony argues that what matters is how people feel about their leaders, rather than the reality, and right now the fear is growing. Is demagoguery fueling these feelings, as Bob suggests? Or is Tony right that it’s really a debate among citizens about the nature and direction of America? (Matt Miller and Arianna Huffington are away.)



Sarah Spitz