(CNN) – Historically, presidents have succeeded in dividing the opposition party. But, as CNN contributor Julian Zelizer says, Obama's move on immigration won't fracture the GOP. Instead, the move will likely be thrown back at him and characterized as a politically expedient action taken in an election year.
"Republican Dwight Eisenhower turned the table on Democrats in 1956 and 1957 when he moved out front on civil rights legislation. In this period, the Democratic Party was deeply divided on what to do about racial inequality." [1:45]
"This decision was made through the executive branch's authority, thereby diminishing the payback that comes from winning a battle on the legislative front, which requires building political support and mobilizing the public behind an idea." [2:18]
(CNN) - CNN contributor LZ Granderson says that the reality is some things are still none of our business, and in the political arena, some things should be kept quiet – especially when it involves the nation's security.
“Heads should roll because of the Fast and Furious debacle, but we don't need every detail of that operation made public in order for that to happen." [0:51]
"You see, freedom isn't entirely free. It also isn't squeaky clean. And sometimes the federal government deems it necessary to get its hands dirty in the hopes of achieving something we generally accept as good for the country." [1:21]