"Politics has become so bitter and partisan, so gummed up by money and influence, that we can't tackle the big problems that demand solutions," - Barack Obama
Damn straight it has. Politics has always been a game of "whose side are you on", but in recent years the US has refined, developed, and perfected the kind of divisive political tactics that give the whole field a bad name.
Thankfully it looks like at least someone influential, and someone who may eventually hold a lot of power in the US, has at least taken the tiny baby step of speaking out against it.
From my perspective - if the US, and the world, is to make any progress (something that has been very lacking in my lifetime) the whole "my team, right or wrong" attitude that pervades modern political games (and they are games) needs to disappear. People need to think about not jsut what is best for them, or their friends, or even their little slice of the world, but about the whole country, and the whole world.
Leader or follower? Because in all the ways it matters... we're followers right now.