Democrats are so excited by the anonymous inside-the-White House manifesto published by the unsteady New York Times, that we fail to notice what’s actually happened. We now have a cabal of Republican operatives running the show, distracting the maniac at the helm and snatching truly catastrophic orders off his desk (how cute!) while demonstrating to us, in effect, how people selected by the Maniac are quite capable of running the Executive Branch to their liking without letting the world be blown up.
Awesome, huh? I mean, these people rightly criticize, along with Bob Woodward’s book “Fear,” the utter incompetence of the sitting president to serve, but instead of doing the right thing (they are Republicans after all) which would be to deliver this manifesto, signed, to Congress with the intent of invoking the 25th Amendment (they’d still have a Republican president for the duration of the term — does Pence scare them too?) they simply tell us, like Al Haig when Reagan was shot, “[We’re] in charge now.”
And we cheer.
They have found nothing objectionable in certain of the President’s instincts, as outlined in the letter for all of us to see, such as “tax cuts, deregulation, judges,” all things we deplore when they actually happen, and rightly so, but when enabled by this gang of “resistance inside the White House” we clap like idiots. Because the enemy of my enemy is my friend.
The person or persons unknown who penned this outrageous letter have told us, in no uncertain terms, that they want to avoid a Constitutional crisis, and so are holding down the fort and toying with the duly (or not, your call) elected resident maniac as they allow certain of his high-handed and destructive policies to be put into effect, while calling him all the names we’ve been calling him and who Woodward quoted, with names, as being called.
So because of Woodward we have a list of suspected letter writers.
What if it was a group effort? It undoubtedly had group approval. Why not just sign the thing, all of you self-congratulatory twits, and hand it to Congress so the fool you’re working around can be removed, and a sane, if earnestly timid and silly man with the same agenda (but one he actually can articulate if asked) can serve out the term and not risk having something explosive left lying on his desk?
They don’t trust Pence. He’s too good for them. Trump is the perfect foil because he is totally off the chain, and that’s what we’re applauding.
Jesus, no wonder we rarely win anything important.
And why fear a Constitutional crisis? Because it would finally, once and for all, break what we have been hobbling along with for 37 years, and force it to be fixed once and for all.
A Constitutional crisis is not the worst thing that can happen here. Not by a long shot. It might even be the best thing that could happen — which is why they fear triggering it. We have one for all practical purposes anyway, since we are learning what it’s like to have a country without a president, a country decapitated by its own worst instincts, and the only good thing to come from this idiotic letter is the potential to make Trump more paranoid, so that he may, eventually, react to some perceived slight the way Michael Gerson put it, “Like a rabbit jumping into a buzz saw.”
Yes, the rabbit-buzz saw analogy is gross, but it is also funny as hell and most of all it is accurate, because while Gerson does endorse the GOP manifesto (that’s what it is) that came from inside the house, he at least understands the self-destructive power of Trump’s utterly unghinged mind. Of course Woodward did that without hedging any bets, called it what it is, named names (even if some deny the statements quoted in “Fear”) and Woodward is a known quantity himself, the same quantity that along with Carl Bernstein brought down Richard Nixon, the last certifiable lunatic we had in the Oval Office.
Nixon had the presence of mind at least to leave. Trump doesn’t, and that’s fine. I’d love to see him depart in handcuffs or a rubber sheet. Just be sure he leaves.
So who are these people? We don’t know names but we do know this: They are GOP operatives who were all hired by Trump, and so “all the best people” left on the team, and the best they can do is keep him in there while they execute a highly illegal game of executive privilege.
Why, they may as well be wearing white hoods! Some of them probably do, on weekends.