"ideological extremism and personal animosity"

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The NYT editorial board identifies a new phase in anti-Obama attacks that "is growing louder, angrier and more destructive:"

Republican lawmakers in Washington and around the country have been focused on blocking Mr. Obama's agenda and denigrating him personally since the day he took office in 2009. But even against that backdrop, and even by the dismal standards of political discourse today, the tone of the current attacks is disturbing. So is their evident intent -- to undermine not just Mr. Obama's policies, but his very legitimacy as president.

"The current offensive is slightly more subtle [than Birtherism]," the editors write, "but it is impossible to dismiss the notion that race plays a role in it:"

Perhaps the most outrageous example of the attack on the president's legitimacy was a letter signed by 47 Republican senators to the leadership of Iran saying Mr. Obama had no authority to conclude negotiations over Iran's nuclear weapons program. Try to imagine the outrage from Republicans if a similar group of Democrats had written to the Kremlin in 1986 telling Mikhail Gorbachev that President Ronald Reagan did not have the authority to negotiate a nuclear arms deal at the Reykjavik summit meeting that winter.

There is no functional difference between that example and the Iran talks, except that the congressional Republican caucus does not like Mr. Obama and wants to deny him any policy victory. [...]

If this insurrection is driven by something other than a blend of ideological extremism and personal animosity, it is not clear what that might be. But it is ugly, it deepens mistrust of government and it harms the office of the president, not just Mr. Obama.

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