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Obama explains why he said that Trump and Cruz have done us a favor:

I said when I was in L.A. yesterday, and initially people were surprised — I said that I actually think that Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have done us a favor. People said, well, how so? This notion that Donald Trump or Ted Cruz are outliers and that now suddenly the Republican establishment wants to — they’re embarrassed by them. Why? They’re saying the same things that these members of the Freedom Caucus in the House have been saying for years. In fact, that’s where Trump got it. He said he’d been listening apparently to their positions on immigration, and their views with respect to national security, and their views on slashing taxes for the wealthiest among us, and slashing Medicaid and changing Medicare, and he’d been paying attention, and he said, you know what, I can deliver this message with more flair — [laughter] — with more panache.

And the reason I actually think that they’ve done us a favor is because it has stripped away any veneer of responsible governance from what had been the central tenets of an awful lot of Republicans in both the House and the Senate during the course of my presidency and before that.

Now, that is different from saying that all Republicans agree with him. I think there is a substantial number of Republicans out there who are embarrassed by it. It’s just that they hadn’t been hearing what was being said on talk radio and Fox News, and blogs and so forth. And so now there’s a little bit of recoil. Is that what we’re standing for? Blocking Muslims from coming into our country? Building walls? Surveilling neighborhoods?

What is the Republican establishment embarrassed about? We’ve had Republicans even more extreme than Trump or Cruz running for president before, like Michele Bachmann. Some of them, like Richard Nixon, even became president before being forced to resign. I think what scares the GOP establishment was that they were always able to control their extremists. After all, their favorite president was Ronald Reagan, who gave a good speech but slept through most of his presidency.



  1. Z_Zed_Zed wrote:

    While the Republicans have reached a logical result from Nixon’s southern strategy, saying that the guy who signed the Clean Air Act, created the EPA, went to China, is more extreme than Cruz or Trump just isn’t supported by history. Hell, his views on sexual identity puts him on the left end of the current Republican/Neo-Confederate Party.

    Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 8:25 am | Permalink
  2. Z_Zed_Zed wrote:

    BTW – I also recall there being a fairly progressive report out of the Nixon Whitehouse on pornography, but when I started to google for it I got “Obama porn for pyros” as an option. I. Do. Not. Want. To. Know.

    Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 8:27 am | Permalink
  3. ThatGuy wrote:

    Zed is exactly right. I think I’d honestly rest easier if we could describe today’s Republicans as Nixonian. Watergate and Cambodia look tame compared to what our last GOP President and current candidates got away with/want to get away with.

    Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 9:27 am | Permalink
  4. Carter Shmeckle wrote:

    The GOP establishment, via friendly media such as Fox and talk radio, has tried to whip its supporters into a fire of righteous frenzy for some time. Well, they got their fire. Now they can’t put it out.

    OTOH, as the President alluded to in his Fox interview, Dems do similar things too. Where are the grownups?

    Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 9:27 am | Permalink
  5. Hmm wrote:

    You cannot make Nixon out to be a good guy even in comparison to current Republicans, he was in it for himself and was at least as bad. Recent evidence showed that he sabotaged the Vietnam peace talks in order to ruin LBJ’s chances for re-election.

    Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 8:31 am | Permalink
  6. ThatGuy wrote:

    I’d still give him the edge. Not that he was a good guy by any means, but today’s GOP are more of the same and then some. Sabotaging nuclear treaties with Russia, trying to sabotage the nuclear deal with Iran, allowing (or rather causing) the government to shut down, purposefully lowering the country’s credit rating, lying to start a war, then mismanaging that war and the then-current war, trying like hell to boot millions off of health care, continuing to incite racial animus, suppressing voters… Really, anything Nixon did the current crop are falling over themselves to out-do.

    Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 12:16 pm | Permalink