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Any­one out there re­mem­ber de­tails from the in­fa­mous, anony­mous New York Times op-ed? Any­one? It was just one in a long line of in­tense, co­or­di­nated, strate­gic at­tacks on Pres­i­dent Trump and his ad­min­is­tra­tion which ar­rive like clock­work. End­less at­tacks are not with­out risk, though. They can back­fire. They are short­lived. They can an­noy a weary public al­ready sat­u­rated with neg­a­tive pol­i­tics.

“Be­tween the op-ed, the Bob Wood­ward book, hur­ri­cane sea­son, and what­ever me­dia-in­duced scan­dal to­mor­row brings in ad­di­tion to the daily busi­ness of run­ning the coun­try — the White House has nei­ther the time nor the re­sources to fo­cus on this dis­hon­or­able act. Un­for­tu­nately, this whole op-ed saga has high­lighted the ir­re­spon­si­bil­ity of the writer and The New York Times for pub­lish­ing it de­spite the fact it falls short of jour­nal­is­tic ed­i­to­rial stan­dards,” Ford O’Con­nell, an ad­viser to the 2008 McCain pres­i­den­tial cam­paign and ad­junct pro­fes­sor at the Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­sity Grad­u­ate School of Po­lit­i­cal Man­age­ment, tells In­side the Belt­way.

The op-ed ap­pears to have lost its sa­vory, sen­sa­tional power.

“Al­though this ef­fort seems to have con­trib­uted to a tem­po­rary blip in Trump’s ap­proval rat­ing, it is un­likely that it will have much stay­ing power in the long-run, par­tic­u­larly with the 24/7 news cy­cle mov­ing at break­neck pace as we ca­reen from me­dia-cre­ated cri­sis to me­dia-cre­ated cri­sis. It cer­tainly will not loom large on vot­ers’ minds by the time the 2018 midterms roll around, and it will cer­tainly be all but for­got­ten by the all-im­por­tant 2020 pres­i­den­tial elec­tions,” Mr. OCon­nell con­tin­ues.

“What must be re­mem­bered is that Pres­i­dent Trump has done some amaz­ing things on the eco­nomic front and with the fed­eral courts. He also has the po­ten­tial to ac­com­plish some pos­i­tive things on trade, im­mi­gra­tion, for­eign pol­icy and in­fra­struc­ture. Hope­fully, this whole or­deal will not force him to look over his shoul­der or con­strict the in­ner-cir­cle of those he trusts and from whom he seeks coun­sel. If this oc­curs, all of Amer­ica could lose; not just those who cast a vote for Don­ald Trump,” the pro­fes­sor cau­tions.

Re­porters only de­scribed Mr. Trump’s state of mind as pos­i­tive a to­tal of 23 times dur­ing the nine-month study pe­riod, us­ing words such as “de­lighted” and “glee­ful.”


A former McCain cam­paign ad­viser says that vot­ers are be­com­ing weary of the slams against Pres­i­dent Trump and los­ing their power.

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