BLAMING OBAMA FOR TRUMP

Posted February 28, 2016 on 5:38 pm | In the category Politics, Press, Tea Party | by Jeff

“What it hasn’t inspired is much in the way of self-examination, or a recognition of the way that Obama-era trends in liberal politics have helped feed the Trump phenomenon.” Ross Douthat in the NY Times, 2/29/2016

N. Y. Times columnist Ross Douthat has joined a slowly growing chorus among pundits that suggests that Trump is the result of the quality of politics as practiced by both of America’s political parties. Douthat’s column is actually fairly hilarious as it suggests that Obama’s behavior both in his campaigns and his presidency have made a major contribution to the rise of a racist, xenophobic, misogynistic loudmouth, bullying conman who happens to be about to become the standard bearer of Douthat’s political party. It would be like blaming Churchill for producing Hitler.

But this theme is not going to go away and will most likely be pursued in more subtle ways by the likes of David Brooks, whose column – also in the NY Times (Feb. 26) – makes it clear that he believes the blame for Trump is shared among Trump’s mother and father, the Tea Party and the Tea party’s opposite side (whatever that actually is).

“…we have seen the rise of a group of people who are against politics. These groups — best exemplified by the Tea Party but not exclusive to the right — want to elect people who have no political experience” D. Brooks

Brooks is a well known academic wannabe who tends to cite strange right wing theorists like Charles Murray while presenting a fatuous line of thinking frequently aimed at blaming everyone except the Republican Party for the country’s political woes. In his column he devises a theory that Democrats and the Tea Party are to blame for what he calls “anti politics” that have poisoned the American political well. This allows Democrats to share the blame for the likes of Trump and lets the Republican establishment pretty much off the hook. So the Mitch McConnells and Paul Ryans, and John Boehners are not really responsible for tying government into knots, for refusing to participate in governing, for poisoning political discussion.

As the Trump nomination becomes a reality we can expect a lot of this nonsense. Faced with the Republican Party’s capitulation to the monster they created they must find the words to place their monster into a context of political normalcy. And Douthat and Brooks will be there in our most important newspaper to help grease the skids. Buyer Beware!

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  1. At the joint Obama-Trudeau press conference after the state dinner last Thursday for the new Canadian Prime Minister, Obama was asked this same bizarre question about whether he felt it was fair to call him responsible for the Republican circus. It has been a long time since the public has seen Obama as relaxed and confident as he was at this after hosting a head of state (not to mention a politician) he could actually relate and talk to at an intelligent level. That also allowed him to display his long-absent sense of humour. It was, he said after a long pause, “novel” for anyone to argue that he was responsible for the Republican debacle. So be it.

    Comment by Word Carr — March 14, 2016 #

  2. Obama’s comment to Trudeau regarding the fact that it had been 20 year since a sitting Canadian PM had made a state visit to Washington was “It’s about time, eh?” Imagine any of the current candidates for president having the style to get away with it. the guy can be very funny.

    Comment by L. Cohen — March 15, 2016 #

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