"If he wants to transform American politics, Obama must declare war on the Republican Party," writes John Dickerson, CBS News' Political Director, in Slate.
The entire op-ed proceeds along similar rhetorical lines, to the consternation of conservatives at the Blaze and Fox News' Brit Hume, who pass the piece along without comment - feeling, perhaps, that its divisiveness speaks for itself.
In fact, divisiveness is the strategy Dickerson recommends for Obama. Since bipartisanship failed in Obama's first term, he should adopt a take-no-prisoners strategy: "If he wants to transform American politics, he must go for the throat." Dickerson elaborates:
As Obama explained in his last press conference, he thinks the Republicans are dead set on opposing him. They cannot be unchained by schmoozing...Obama's only remaining option is to pulverize. Whether he succeeds in passing legislation or not, given his ambitions, his goal should be to delegitimize his opponents. Through a series of clarifying fights over controversial issues, he can force Republicans to either side with their coalition's most extreme elements or cause a rift in the party that will leave it, at least temporarily, in disarray.
Via Slate and the Blaze