David Axelrod has done 500 episodes of ‘The Axe Files’ and talked with every stripe of politician — here’s what he thinks of the mess we’re in now
David Axelrod (Photo: Screen capture)

CHICAGO — You’ve likely heard this before, or felt it in your bones, but it’s horrifying, debilitating and worth repeating, especially right now, as we head into a political season: At least half of this country hates the other half. According to the Pew Research Center, 75% of Democrats think of Republicans as close-minded. And 64% of Republicans feel the same way about Democrats. Nearly 50% of Republicans think Democrats are lazy. And nearly 40% of Democrats think Republicans are idiots. Majorities in both parties believe the other does not share its goals. Worse, a study by the advocacy gro...