Courtesy of The Guardian:
Republicans have blamed the current president for so much that a satirical meme was born. Flat tire? Broken fingernail? “Thanks, Obama.”
But as the Grand Old Party faces a genuine existential crisis this weekend over how to handle Donald Trump as its presumptive presidential nominee, many are wondering if #thanksobama is once again an appropriate response to the turmoil of the last few days.
Trump’s shock ascendancy can be attributed to many factors. Obama himself likes to blame the celebrity-obsessed media.
“This is not entertainment. This is not a reality show,” he chastised reporters on Friday. “This is a contest for the presidency of the United States.”
A self-flagellating Republican establishment accuses other candidates for the nomination of failing to take Trump’s populist threat seriously.
“I think Donald Trump is going to places where very few people have gone and I’m not going with him,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, once a candidate himself, in the latest anti-Trump outburst to stretch party unity.
Yet one thing Trump supporters and Democrats agree on is the extent to which the party of Lincoln has been twisted out of recognition by its loathing for the current occupant of the White House.
Amid bitter recriminations over Trump’s successful exploitation of this mood, many are wondering if the president’s greatest legacy may be the desolation of the Republican party, which did so much to frustrate his own time in office but may take decades to recover once he leaves.
Thanks Obama! 🙂