This is what she said that has some heads spinning in Washington:
"You know, God bless him, bless his heart, president of the United States, a total failure, losing all credibility with the American people on the economy, on the war, on energy, you name the subject. (He is) challenging Congress when we are trying to sweep up after his mess over and over and over again."
Cal Thomas & Bob Beckel, in their book "Common Ground" write that there used to be a day when republicans and democrats would sit together, even with different goals for the country and different views on the issues, and call each other friends, and compromise on issues that are most important to the nation.
In the past 30 years, they write, we have gone from a nation of compromisers to a nation of partisans. However, partisanship only goes as far as a few politicians in Washington, because the majority of Senators and Representatives, and a majority of Americans, are not partisan at all.
However, politicians have slowly learned that if they can incite anger and fear on the issues, they can more easily get people excited about the issues, and thus make more money.
That's why we hear things like this from partisans like Ann Coulter, as written by Thomas/Beckel:
"'Godless, unpatriotic, pierced nosed, Volvo-driving, France-loving, left-wing Communist, latte-sucking, tofu-chomping, holistic-whacko, neurotic, vegan weenie perverts.' ...Democrats are the liberal party... pro-union and anti-business, pro-abortion and pro-gay rights, including same sex marriage... for big government, love welfare, love welfare programs, and oppose foreign wars and maybe even God... against free trade, favor high taxes, and are isolationists."
Or like this from partisan liberals like Maureen Dowd about republicans:
"Republicans are pro-business and anti union... favor the smallest government possible with the fewest regulations, and they believe in using the military to exert American influence around the world, in the process getting us into wars we have regretted. They oppose tariffs, dislike government regulation of business, and favor lower tax brackets, which disproportionately benefits wealthy Americans. (They are) against all abortions, and opposes gay unions and legal benefits for same-sex couples. (They) want to seal the borders to keep immigrants out and open the church-state border to let God in, making them religious fanatics..."
Some polarization is good. As Beckel/Thomas write, "Our country and our democracy were born out of polarization between the colonies and Great Britain over taxation and home rule. It was polarization between the North and South over slavery that led to the Civil War."