Well played Mr. President, very well played!
For almost eight years the Republicans have made it a point of pride to defy, denigrate and demean President Obama. Almost everything President Obama says or does will become a point of conflict for Republicans.
Well that intransigence is about to come with a very steep price.
From the Washington Post.
Trump’s comments — an extraordinary breach of political decorum that underscores the party’s deep divisions — came as President Obama delivered his sternest rebuke yet of the celebrity mogul candidate. Obama declared Trump “unfit to serve as president” and “woefully unprepared to do this job,” and he challenged Republican leaders to withdraw their support of their nominee.
Obama punctuated his remarks, delivered at a Tuesday morning news conference, by explaining that he had never before felt compelled to so thoroughly denounce a political opponent.
At this point, even if Republicans would like to un-endorse Trump, they can’t. Because Obama said they should! He has just tied Trump around the necks of every Republican. They can’t un-endorse because their tea-party base will go ballistic and not support “traitorous Republicans” in this year’s elections. But everyday they continue to try to lay low and hope the storm passes, they become tied that much closer to Trump.
I think John Podhoretz (yes John Podhoretz) says it best.
Look, Trump brought this upon himself, and it looks like if he goes down he’s going to do his best to bring Ryan and McConnell down with him. In that respect, he is Obama’s servant right now.
The troll has been out-trolled.
I don’t say this out of admiration for Barack Obama as a policymaker or as a serious-minded public servant but as a partisan political operative. I am a conservative who despises what Obama has done as president.
But even a Yankees fan must grudgingly acknowledge the skill of Big Papi when he crushes a homer against your team.
The moral arc of the universe does indeed bend towards justice.