In his stump speeches and the first debate with Hillary Clinton, the Republican candidate makes a plausible case that Washington has neglected many people who have been injured by trade, technological change, and the Great Recession; recovery from the Recession has been slow; and our infrastructure is falling apart.
But it seems to me a tragic irony for the Republican to blame this on President Obama and the Democrats, when the reason for these problems lies ENTIRELY with the Republican Congress! Time after time President Obama has proposed measures aimed directly at these problems, only to have the Republicans' total obstructionism prevent the passage of any, including virtually all infrastructure spending. There is an implicit blackmail threat in this position: if we don’t elect a Republican President, they will prevent the federal government from doing anything useful—and blame it on those who are trying to get something done! I wish more eloquent people would be making this point in public.