Kudlow: Obama stirring a ‘rat’s nest’ of backlash

President Obama hopes to work with GOP leaders
President Obama hopes to work with GOP leaders

After listening to recent comments from President Barack Obama, CNBC's Larry Kudlow said on his current track, the president was facing "a rat's nest" of troubles and woes that would end in arguments and disagreement.

Kudlow was referring to comments which suggested Obama wanted to use his power to issue executive orders to advance his agenda, now that the GOP controls both houses of Congress.

President Barack Obama gestures while speaking at the White House, November 5, 2014.
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"I don't think the president recognizes, or wishes to admit, that the election was a referendum. People want a change in direction in economic policy, in health-care policy, in immigration policy—all his policies."

Obama may be planning to take unilateral action, quickly, with published reports citing the following comment on immigration reform.

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"Before the end of the year, we're going to take whatever lawful action that I can take," Obama said, "I am eager to see what they have to offer, but what I'm not going to do is just wait."

"If he uses executive action, he is going to create a rat's nest of arguments and screaming; it will block out any hope of a deal," insisted Kudlow on CNBC's "Closing Bell."

Meanwhile, speaking separately in Louisville, Kentucky, Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell, vowed a spirit of cooperation and compromise with Obama even though he also said a more starkly divided government in Washington could trigger sharp partisan disagreements.

In Tuesday's midterm election, Republicans won seven Senate seats; final results from Alaska and Louisiana still are still forthcoming.