I have a question that has been bothering me. I haven't been able to find the answer.
Can anyone name a President other than President Barack Obama that has intentionally sparked a fight with his own electoral base within the first hundred days of a term?
I have not been able to figure out another example, especially in recent history, but I am not a historian.
Does anyone have any ideas? I am struggling to understand the political advantage gained from depressing your base and going strongly against polling during the first hundred days. I will be interested in polling over the next two weeks.
It seems just odd. I would like any supporter of the WH political strategy on the budget to provide a basis on which I should trust the WH on the politics of deficit reduction after watching the strategy executed on the sequester from the point suggesting it all the way to its recent implementation. They were wrong at almost every step. People to his left have generally been correct.
Please explain why this time is different.
I look forward to understanding what political strategy is being pursued here, and if there is any precedent.