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James Carville: Obama 'likes' upsetting his liberal base

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President Obama is taking flack from some liberals for his Fiscal 2014 budget proposal that includes changes to future Social Security payments, and for his apparent willingness to address entitlement reform as part of a larger deal with the GOP.

But one prominent Democratic strategist believes that, in his heart, the president enjoys ticking off his base.

“I think he likes that. I don’t he’s upset” about angering some liberals, James Carville said during an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Friday.

Politically, Mr. Obama may be trying to show Republicans that he’s willing to risk scorn from some fellow liberal Democrats in order to make a deal.

“The president really wants a grand bargain,” Mr. Carville said. “They view this as the best negotiating strategy.”

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Ben Wolfgang covers the White House for The Washington Times.

Before joining the Times in March 2011, Ben spent four years as a political reporter at the Republican-Herald in Pottsville, Pa.

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