President Obama's decision to employ bare-knuckled Chicago tactics in his street fight with Fox News has provoked a growing backlash from across the political spectrum that, left unchecked, could complicate his larger agenda, experts warn.
With key gubernatorial races looming in Virginia and New Jersey, Obama also risks alienating the all-important independent voters who could prove decisive in those races.
Moderate Democrats have begun speaking out against the administration's crusade against dissent, now that it has spread beyond conservative media to include the insurance industry and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, among others.
"There's no reason to gratuitously piss off all those companies," Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., told Politico.com Friday. "The Chamber isn't an opponent."