It is actually hard to detect an actual toxicity in the numbers. It is more an embarrassment of indifference.
For years conservatives like me have criticized the executive branch as an overgrown monstrosity, one that had long ago exceeded its constitutional remit. It has so dominated political life in America, that it began exerting a gravitational pull of its own, drawing the powers of the other branches to itself. And surely, Obama wields a great deal of power. He makes war as he likes; he can put Americans on a kill list and drone them in other countries; his intelligence agencies can deliver your emails to him; and he can selectively enforce laws on immigration or marriage.
It is amazing that with all that power, he still can’t ingratiate himself to his own party or the public.