Daniel Henninger has a superb entry in the “Donald Trump’s rise is the fault of everyone but his Republican enablers and the people who vote for him” sweepstakes:
Today, the last men standing amidst the debris of the Republican presidential competition are Donald Trump, a political independent who is using the Republican Party like an Uber car; Ted Cruz, who used the Republican Party as a footstool; and John Kasich, a remnant of the Reagan revolution, who is being told by Republicans to quit.
History may quibble, but this death-spiral began with Barack Obama’s health-care summit at Blair House on Feb. 25, 2010. For a day, Republicans gave detailed policy critiques [sic with extreme prejudice] of the proposed Affordable Care Act. When it was over, the Democrats, including Mr. Obama, said they had heard nothing new.
That meeting was the last good-faith event in the Obama presidency. Barack Obama killed politics in Washington that day because he had no use for it, and has said so many times. The Democrats survived the Obama desert by going to ground. But frustrated Republicans outside Congress eventually started tearing each other apart.
Ah, yes, the current Republican implosion is due to the perfidy of Barack HUSSEIN Obama, and the fact that he rejected such sage, detailed policy advice as “we should make deregulate insurance markets and establish worthless state-level risk pools rather than actually doing comprehensive health care reform” and instead decided to pass a health care bill with the unprecedented, dictatorial method of having a bill passed by a majority of the House of Representatives and a supermajority of the Senate. Truly, not just politics but democracy itself died on that day, leaving the Republicans with no choice but to nominate an unelectable crackpot. Hard to see any flaws in that logic.
[via Matt O’Brien]