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Who is Anonymous at the White House?

If you haven’t read this op/ed in the NYTimes from a Senior White House official, well, just wait. You’re bound to hear about the chicken shit resistance in the White House who seriously considered invoking the 25th amendment.

We can discuss their choices later. Right now, do we have any guesses as to who it is?

My guess is Kirstjen Nielsen.

26 Responses

  1. This does not comfort me. People we didn’t elect are running the government BUT Trump put them in place. Only the worst! AND we have no recourse against them.

  2. The cynic in me is unimpressed. I read the open This is some type of a gop clean up after Woodward book. It is only an alarm if people use it as such and get the mfer to resign. Or at least get the Democrats to boycott Kavanaugh hearings and the vote. We don’t want this lunatic to appoint people to lifetime positions. What are the chances of that happening?

    • *op-ed

    • I agree with you. I’m not impressed, either, and think this is some kind of “don’t fret, we’re a firewall and everything will be okay, bullshit.” No, it won’t. You’re outraged, bucko? Great, come out of the shadows, gather some of your equally outraged confreres and call a public news conference.

      • Sing it, Sue!

      • hold a press conference and come out of the shadows? You learn that our “electeds” have not been “in charge” for 70 years. The Shadows are the commandeers of our 4th Estate who alternately terrorize and deceive us: http://www.citizenhearing.org/ proved that no matter how convincing the evidence is, the bought-and-paid-for or intimidated Press will NOT cover it. Rumsfeld’s trillions in unaccounted funding going to black budget projects are what really should piss you off, not Trump’s antics as he navigates the treacherous mine field that is leadership in this day and age. He puts his very life on the line every time he opens his mouth, tweets or offers executive direction to the crowd of back-stabbers and, yes, murderers and psychopaths inhabiting positions of trust in this pretense of government. Yes, this information is shocking, but adds up

  3. The person is not an idiot, he (mostly he’s in there) realizes this is going to come out. He is not brave enough to just write this under his own name, but he thinks it’s important to say, and he probably thinks that it will make him a hero.

    It’s not Pence, he would not dare do this. McGahn is possible, but he’s leaving, and this person is talking about staying in there to save the Republic. Mattis would never write this, and he would not talk about free trade. Nor would Kelly. NYT said someone highly placed, so I guess it is not a lower-level person, although that would have been my first thought. Jared would never do this. Bolton and Miller are radicals, they would not. Mnuchin? He’s too crooked. It could possibly be Pompeo, as he was a Congressman, so has some economic interests. If it is a well-known person, I would go with Dan Coats. But I still think it is likely that it is not someone well known, which means that only those really close to Washington know his name. This person thinks that deregulation is good, so is probably on the economic side of things, not the foreign affairs side.

  4. I would agree with RD about it being a woman who “blew the whistle”…of late, women have been front and center as whistleblowers, as noted in the Time article “Persons of the Year – The Whistleblowers”/

    Forbes wrote an article about women whistleblowers which said, in part: “women are particularly sensitive to taking business risks. Consequently, they “tend to have little tolerance for corporate shenanigans and ethical gray areas; and despite taking the helm of several corporate giants (IBM, GM, PepsiCo), women are still outsiders in the business world. Generally speaking, they “are neither ‘in the club’ nor allowed in the locker room,” and thus not part of the “locker-room mentality that has shielded the truth in too many areas.”

    Moreover, there was a study regarding the differences between male and female whistleblowers, which concluded that the gender of the whistleblower was positively related to the chances of retaliation against a woman whistleblower, perhaps because whistleblowing represented a violation of the stereotypical role expectations for women. The study also concluded that greater individual power within the organization did not help female whistleblowers avoid retaliation. I.e., men were not retaliated against but women were.

    Ergo, it stands to reason to conclude that the anonymity required by the person who wrote the article in the NY Times was most likely a woman. She would no doubt be tarred and featured by trump and his followers.

  5. A good solid Mueller indictment will turn this week into gold.

  6. Tweets indicate Harris’s questions are super solid. Good for her!

  7. NYT used “he”; it’s a man. Lots of discussion about the word “lodestar” used in the op-ed. Pence is supposedly the only sr. official who’s used this word, and a number of times.

    Sen. Kamala Harris did a bang-up job at the hearing. You can see the prosecutor in her. She doesn’t back down, just asserts herself, steadily. Kavanaugh was literally squirming there in his seat, particularly when asked if he spoke to anyone at Trump’s personal lawyer’s office about the Mueller investigation.

    • I can believe it is Pence or one of his aides. It is a self serving little piece for consoling the GOP mfers after Woodward book. Also to hang tight until 2020.

    • “There is literally no telling whether he might change his mind from one minute to the next,” a top official complained to me recently,

      woohoo, Maddow just highlighted this line. Looks like a guy/gal who writes for Pence because the writer would be divulging their identity to this top official, otherwise.

    • LOL, Pence is positioning himself as a savior for 2020. A second data point is that he stopped to answer a reporter’s question unusually to answer in support of Sessions at the capitol.

    • Well, it’s possible that the NYT used “he” as a way to take the focus away from it being a woman. There is no way to be certain no matter who says wrote the op-ed until that person stands up and admits that they did and can prove it.

      I agree with RD that the real issue here which should not get lost in the “who wrote it” conversation is that we have a nut case in the white house who is about to blow with all of this pressure coming from all sides. His aides see him every day and know how nuts this guy truly is. You know it’s got to be bad when his own people are trying to expose him to the American people.

  8. Harris goes for it… hope this nomination is borked.

  9. This is the vibe I get from watching the hearings. He is nervous and looks guilty of what I don’t know. He certainly does not look like the intellectual heavyweight one would assume.

  10. FWIW, ‘Gender Guesser’ says it is a male.

  11. Yes. Self-serving.

    • Yes, there are many things wrong about this op/ed, not least of which that there are right wingers who we did not elect who are essentially acting as president, countermanding his orders and working against him. That should NEVER happen. Ever.
      But the fact that Trump is incapable and therefore this is necessary is the important part and in that respect, the op/ed succeeds.

  12. The op-ed writer is not a hero, he’s an enabler.

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