No, President Obama is not overreaching
February 14, 2013, at 12:15 PM
GOP strategist Mike Murphy argues in TIME magazine that President Obama is making a "titanic mistake" by governing as if his re-election campaign never ended.
While it's true Obama didn't win in an epic landslide, it's also true that the Republican Party is severely divided. And a split opposition goes a long way towards giving the president a bigger mandate than the final voting numbers might indicate.
In fact, National Journal reports that top Republicans think their party is on the verge of breaking apart and that "the GOP apocalypse looms larger than most realize."
Republicans are split between the Tea Party and the Establishment. They're divided between Washington vs. non-Washington. And they don't agree on whether they have a messaging problem or a policy problem.
All of this gives Obama greater freedom to push his agenda. By keeping his campaign alive, he helps ensure his opposition has trouble unifying against him.