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Rove: Obama Fracturing His Own Party

Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 02:14 PM

By Dan Weil

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President Barack Obama's policies are creating divisions within his own party, a stark foreboding for his second term, says Republican strategist Karl Rove.

Some Democrats are breaking with the president over immigration, climate change, the Keystone XL pipeline, and the use of drone strikes, the leader of the super PAC American Crossroads wrote Wednesday in The Wall Street Journal.

Citing a recent Politico report, Rove said "despite Mr. Obama's words supporting entitlement reform, more than half of House Democrats pledged to vote ‘against any and every cut to Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security.’

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"The opposition to change includes opposition to raising the retirement age, which the president says he is open to," he added.

Meanwhile, Rove noted, Senate Democrats in moderate and conservative states complain that Obama is insensitive to their predicament.

“For a sitting president's party to begin fracturing this early into his second term is . . . unusual,” he said.

“As a second-term president, Mr. Obama will learn that his power recedes with nearly every passing day. But governing as an unabashed liberal, badly overplaying his hand on sequestration, and displaying contempt for Congress may be accelerating the process.”

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