establishment Republicans enjoy being able to play the victim of Obama
Making The Case For An Intellectual Wing of The Alt- Right:
Sam Whitfield

There’s a good reason why they do this: if they fight to win and conditions don’t improve for their base, they’ll be cast out. So long as they are on the losing side, they can blame Obama for all the problems and get votes for that. Should they actually win, the risk of their policies failing outweighs the rewards of successful policy change.

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