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David Axelrod

Obama's trolling helped give rise to Trump

Obama's trolling helped give rise to Trump

Many people are to blame for the rise of Donald Trump as a political force, and most of them reside on my side of the aisle. But that story is familiar by now. And we'll be hearing a lot more about it. Should Mr. Trump lose, conservatives will be lucky if the ensuing riot of recriminations falls short of outright civil war. Should Mr. Trump win, I'm hoping to get a tent upwind from the latrine at the re-education camp. (I kid, I kid.)

Still, not all of the blame belongs inside the conservative family.

Consider President Barack Obama. One of the central insights of both the Obama campaign and administration (the difference is subtle but real) is that Mr. Obama benefits when his...