SOTU put a spotlight on divisions among Dems 

Which party is truly divided?

The minor drama surrounding RNC Chairman Michael Steele's antics, along with the ideological battle that accompanied Republicans' loss of a long-held upstate New York congressional seat in November, has had quite a few commentators focusing on divisions within the GOP.

But what about the party that actually holds power? Democrats are deeply divided right now, and President Obama's State of the Union last week only served to highlight those divisions. From our White House Corrrespondent Julie Mason:

President Obama’s late push for bipartisan support in Congress ignores the role his own party plays in stalling his agenda, analysts said, a paralysis that could hurt Democrats in the midterm elections....Obama threw some red meat to traditional Democratic constituencies last week with calls for a new policy on gays in the military, immigration reform and a bill capping carbon emissions. But those proposals were received as radioactive by politically vulnerable moderates in the Democratic Party, who don’t want to risk divisive votes in an election year.

Julie's piece is particularly significant given the White House's decision to bring in 2008 Obama campaign manager David Plouffe. In a recent Washington Post op-ed, Plouffe derided as "bet-wetters" Democrats who question the ambition with which this White House has pushed to the left, and urges all Democrats to stay the course.

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David Freddoso

David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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