re: #4 nines09
But George W. Bush didn’t incite either (though his winning a disputed election ensured he’d be hated by many Democrats). The problem is that there are people on both sides of the aisle who are actively looking to go after the other party. Those people do quiet down somewhat when their party holds the White House, but they never really stop.
But even more, the constant crisis theme is also part of the problem. Politicians have to scream about a crisis in order to get voters to notice them or a particular problem. People need to motivate themselves to pay attention to issues before they become crises. That, however, may prove impossible.