Nyt’s anonymous oped was act of patriotism
but these are extraordinary circumstances. people in the administration, many of whom joined it embracing trump’s insurgent conservatism, are now appalled by his manner and methods. they see a threat to the republic. as author bob woodward warns, having documented this presidency in 400 pages, “people better wake up” to the danger in the white house.
insiders have a choice: to resign or to remain. in resigning, they might tell their story, provide evidence of ineptitude, corruption or amorality, build a public case, take it to Congress. they would have their moment of fame, become a target of withering attacks on Fox news, and their influence would end.
or they can remain. they can try, in their way, every day, to contain the power of a reckless, impulsive and ignorant chief executive. these are america’s underground, and we should applaud them.
this assumes, of course, that the author is real, his or her position is verifiable and the case is credible. the times insists it is, and while the newspaper is not beyond making a mistake, i trust its judgment here.
the writer, then, has done a great national service. this isn’t cowardice but courage: someone who is taking a grave risk — to job and reputation — to serve the nation.
will this embolden and enflame trump? yes, but if it were not this, it would be something else. will it strengthen his hand? maybe, but his popularity is falling below 40 per cent under the impact of John mcCain’s death, the Cohen and manafort cases and woodward’s book. which may represent a watershed.
the resistance gathers force. it has moved inside. this commentary opens another theatre in a struggle to constrain trump, by electing a democratic Congress that will stymie his legislation, launch investigations and perhaps impeach. amid the chaos, let us cheer america’s new mutineers and minutemen.