Jonathan Chait on Obama’s Enduring Legacy – Obama “had the power to build.”

by durrati – Sam Rayburn, the homespun Democratic Texas Legislator who would preside as Speaker over the house of Representatives for twenty years (1940-1961), excepting two aberrant (for those times) two year terms in which the Republicans seized control only to promptly relinquish it, famously said on the eve of one such change in leaders in 1953 that… “ Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it took a carpenter to build it.”  Well, folks, the jackass has arrived, but Jonathan Chait, at NYMag, is happily adding a supplement to Rayburn’s adage… ”If the carpenter builds well enough, the jackass will fail.” Chait uses two primary examples of the jackass kicking in vain, the ACA and The Paris Climate accords to make his point, all the while acknowledging that the braying beast poses an existential threat to Democratic norms if not to history. As for history, if any survive to write it – Obama’s legacy is writ...

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