Thursday, December 29, 2016
Obama can’t trash talk has way out of blame for Dems’ decimation
Powerlineblog by Paul Mirengoff --
Donald Trump is an inveterate trash talker, and I’m old-fashioned enough to consider this a bad thing in a president-elect. But even assuming that Trump keeps talking trash as president (a fair assumption, I think), he will not bear primary responsibility for this latest manifestation of civic decline.
Primary responsibility for “normalizing” trash talk from the White House falls instead on President Obama.
Obama’s latest display consists of his claim that he could have defeated Donald Trump and won a third term. Maybe yes — Obama is more popular than Hillary Clinton and a better campaigner — maybe no — Americans probably aren’t inclined, absent exigent circumstances, to grant a third term to their president.
Regardless of the merits, it was unseemly of Obama to boast he would have won a third term. And Obama’s claim wasn’t just a shot at Trump. It was, as Sam Stein of the Huffington Post says, an attack on Hillary.