The Washington Post takes note of an interesting statistic. According to a recent poll three-quarters of Americans strongly favor or strongly oppose President Obama:
According to a new poll from National Public Radio, three-fourths of Americans feel either “strongly favorable” toward President Obama (37 percent) or “strongly unfavorable” (39 percent). And the rest of the men on the two major parties’ presidential tickets aren’t far behind, with 64 percent feeling strongly favorable or strongly unfavorable toward both Mitt Romney and Vice President Biden and 62 percent feeling strongly about Paul Ryan.
That mirrors what I’ve seen in the American political blogosphere. Increasingly, the conversation has been dominated by Left Bolsheviks on the one hand and Right Bolsheviks on the other. Neither side talks with the other and there’s only a tiny, embattled middle ground.
Meanwhile, I can only think of Plato’s observation that moderation is the singular quality most essential to a republic.