Election 2012

Obama Campaign Hampered by Internal Divisions

Not everybody plays so well with others


Most of the hazards that confront President Barack Obama's campaign are external — a Republican super PAC onslaught and laggard economic recovery top the White House worry list.

But surprisingly, many of Obama's toughest challenges during the slog of his 2012 reelection campaign have turned out to be internal ones, the product of internecine political disagreements, personal rivalries among his high-octane political team and the inevitable difficulties of trying to rekindle the flickering flame of hope-and-change 2008.