In the one case, it is designed to fracture the Republican party,. not only between the conservatives and moderates, but as we see now, even among the conservatives. He wants to break the back of the Tea Party, make those who took the Norquist pledge break it, and destroy the successful foundations established under Reagan and the Contract with America, which had as much, or more to do with Clinton's surpluses than anything he did.
In the other case, it reflects his scorn for "guns and religion," as he put it, in this case the latter, imposing pressure and penalties on many who won't turn their backs on their faith.
That's Obama's "transformation" for you. He's a destroyer and a despot.