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OT: Anonymous NYT op-ed
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Submitted by zk on September 6, 2018 - 8:56am
The anonymous op-ed that was published yesterday in the New York Times seems to be being taken at face value.
Most of the commentary about it centers on who might have written it or whether the person who wrote it is a coward or a hero or whether this person would more effectively help our country by identifying himself and resigning or whether the 25th amendment should be invoked. Or a few other things.
But I have yet to see any reporting or commentary that asks the question, "is the purpose of this commentary really to let us know there are adults in the room and that there is a resistance?"
I don't think that's the purpose of it. At least not with the stated motivation of protecting our country from trump.
I think it's pretty obvious that almost everyone around the president has known for quite some time (probably since before the election) that he is dangerously inadequate for the job. And, being cowardly or selfish or both, they have been pretending he's fine (or even a great leader) so that they could keep him in power (not just actually keep him as president, but keep him in a position of real power). That way they can keep giving their donors tax cuts and get their conservative judges and keep republicans in power in general.
With the blue wave looking bigger and bigger, they can see the end of that road. If democrats take the house, trump won't get anything done the rest of his presidency. Partly because he won't have a congressional majority and partly because of all the investigations that will ensue.
They're also no doubt aware that there's a very good chance that Mueller's report will contain information so damaging that, if it becomes public, at least 2/3 of the senate will be forced to vote to remove trump to avoid going down in history as the most cowardly, partisan, selfish, horrible-for-the-country politicians in the history of this great country (if they aren't going down as such already).
So they're looking for a way to extend their power past this November. Because, as it stands right now, that's the end for them. For a long time. As more and more information about trump's incredible incompetence and ignorance and corruptness and foolishness and childishness and laziness and vindictiveness and selfishness and (oh, I could go on) comes to light, republicans know that they'll be looked at as pathetic, cowardly, ridiculous enablers of this fool. And people won't trust (nor vote for) republicans for a long, long time.
How do they get out of that predicament? Why, they just claim that they knew trump was a dangerous fool all along and only kept him in office because "no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis." (More cowardly and disingenuous words have rarely been written.)
What I think they're really hoping for is to turn back the blue wave in one of two ways: One, to mitigate the concerns about trump held by (semi-) reasonable republican voters and independents and other potential republican voters. Or two, to push congress (or the cabinet) to act on removing trump now.
If the blue wave happens, they're screwed no matter what happens to trump. But if they can convince voters that they're not enabling trump but, rather, heroically protecting our nation, they figure maybe they can prevent the blue wave. And maybe, while they're at it, they can get pence in there. Then they would have at least 2 more years of power and maybe 6 years or even more.
Sure, it's a desperate gamble. But this is a desperate time for them. And the payoff could be massive.
Don't fall for it. Republicans ARE, in fact, dangerous enablers of a dangerous, corrupt, ignorant fool. And voting republican this November will keep this country on this dangerous path.
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