Include me among those who think that the “senior administrative official” who authored that anonymous op ed in the New York Times didn’t do anyone any favors. I don’t think the Times should have published it.
First of all, I don’t think the op ed adds much to what we know about the Trump administration, especially since the Bob Woodward book is being released next week. The early excerpts from that book describe the same kind of environment as is described in the op ed.
Second, knowing that there are adults in the White House does not make me feel much safer. The Donald is still the President. And now he’ll be much more vigilant and much less trusting. It will be that much harder to “police” the Donald’s impulsive behavior.
Third, to all the conservatives arguing that the President should have the loyalty of his staff and not be undermined by them, for once they are right. The President should have the loyalty of his staff. If they think he’s gone so far off the rails that he should be replaced, there is always the 25th Amendment. That’s a pretty serious remedy, but it’s the one provided for by the Constitution.
Besides, I don’t think it’s going to take long for them to find who the author is. Not only does the Trump administration want to know, but all of the rest of the media that is not part of the editorial department of the New York Times wants to know as well.
It’s funny, senior Trump administration officials have been falling all over themselves denying that they are the author. Some people have been pointing at Vice President Mike Pence because the author used the word “lodestar” – which is not a term that most people use – and which is one of the favorite words of the Vice President.
Good Lord, wouldn’t that be something!
Mike Pence, the #1 Sycophant in the administration.
Consider that the Donald couldn’t fire Pence. He’d be stuck with him for another two years.
But I don’t think it’s going to be that beautiful. That is just better than anything could get.