Whether he can rally the party behind a murky and at times divisive agenda is an open question. When Obama called for his spending freeze before a joint session of Congress, several Democratic committee chairmen declined to clap.
The proposal also has angered liberals and former Obama backers outside of Congress, including New York Times columnist Paul Krugman and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, who called the spending freeze “completely insane.”
The Congressional Progressive Caucus, which parted ways with Obama over a public option for health care reform, the war in Afghanistan and the prison at Guantanamo Bay, also signaled its distress on the spending freeze.
The powerful — and politically vulnerable — Blue Dog Democrats, meanwhile, applauded Obama’s call for a freeze but said he should go further, with pay-as-you-go budgeting, program cuts and more.
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