Partisan politics is not new. This comes from Undaunted Courage, Stephen Ambrose’s book about President Jefferson and Meriweather Lewis (of Lewis and Clark). Remarking on the public reaction to the Louisiana Purchase in 1903 he says:
Angry partisanship was the order of the day. Senator John Quincy Adams complained in his diary, “The country is so totally given up to the spirit of party, that not to follow blindfold the one or the other is an inexpiable offence.