WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans can blame their united stand against President Barack Obama for their party’s splintering.
Conservatives’ gut-level resistance to all things Obama — the man, his authority, his policies — gave birth to the tea party movement that powered the GOP to political success in multiple states and historic congressional majorities.
Yet contained in the movement and the triumphs were the seeds of destruction — evident now in the party’s fracture over presidential front-runner Donald Trump.
Obama’s policies, from the ambitious 2010 law overhauling the health care system to moving unilaterally on immigration, roiled conservatives who decried his activist agenda and argued constitutional overreach.
Republicans rode that anger to majority control of the House in 2010. Four years later, the GOP claimed the Senate, too.
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