Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Whitehouse gets one, two, punch as the 25th amendment in the news again today.

quote [ Senior Trump Official Rips Administration In Anonymous Op-Ed
A secret “resistance” effort even considered invoking the 25th Amendment to get him out of office, an unnamed administration official wrote in The New York Times. ]

I have given up on anything being a last straw but something has just changed...but for the life of me not sure what it is.

(The Time's story is linked if somebody can get it please copy and paste)

Makes you wonder if this will change anything in congress?
What ever happened to their spine?

My guess is they will avoid this at all cost and it will be very hard to get any Republican running for office any where near a camera for a few days.

The Whitehouse has had nothing to say since the leaks out of the Bob Woodward’s yesterday.


Donald J. Trump
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Does the so-called “Senior Administration Official” really exist, or is it just the Failing New York Times with another phony source? If the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!

Donald J. Trump
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His own People say shit about him and he thinks it's treason...and for national security reasons they should be "turned over to the government" ...this is loony tunes time.

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hellboy said[1] @ 3:29am GMT on 6th Sep [Score:2]
David Frum weighs in

If you’re still supporting this stupid racist asshole, you yourself must be a stupid racist asshole.

And fuck that anonymous coward who wrote the op-ed in the N.Y. Times. You swore an oath, you jackass. There were no exemptions for personal risk.
steele said @ 3:35am GMT on 6th Sep [Score:1 Informative]
Your link is broken.
hellboy said @ 3:44am GMT on 6th Sep
Oh yeah? Well, your mama’s website was broken last night, something something.
steele said @ 3:52am GMT on 6th Sep
My mama's website is experiencing unforeseen downtime and appreciates your patience as her team works through its issues, bitch!
hellboy said[1] @ 4:35am GMT on 6th Sep
Your mama’s great at “downtime”, I’m just sayin’.
steele said @ 2:53pm GMT on 6th Sep
J.D. Power and Associates agrees! Thank you for noticing!
hellboy said[1] @ 4:59am GMT on 6th Sep
I was kidding, yunnaf! steele's mom and I have a great, mutually beneficial relationship.
steele said @ 2:55pm GMT on 6th Sep
He lies, yunnaf! Downmod the non-believer! Sack his karma and plunder his posts! Leave nothing standing! For my mama!11!1
BUGGERLUGS123 said @ 8:53am GMT on 6th Sep
Completely agree. To support this idiot, means quite simply you are also one.
mechanical contrivance said @ 1:03pm GMT on 6th Sep
There are a lot of stupid, racist assholes in the world.
HoZay said[2] @ 12:15am GMT on 6th Sep [Score:1 Informative]
Here it is:

I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration


I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.
Sept. 5, 2018

The Times today is taking the rare step of publishing an anonymous Op-Ed essay. We have done so at the request of the author, a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure. We believe publishing this essay anonymously is the only way to deliver an important perspective to our readers. We invite you to submit a question about the essay or our vetting process here.

President Trump is facing a test to his presidency unlike any faced by a modern American leader.

It’s not just that the special counsel looms large. Or that the country is bitterly divided over Mr. Trump’s leadership. Or even that his party might well lose the House to an opposition hellbent on his downfall.

The dilemma — which he does not fully grasp — is that many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.

I would know. I am one of them.

To be clear, ours is not the popular “resistance” of the left. We want the administration to succeed and think that many of its policies have already made America safer and more prosperous.

But we believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic.

That is why many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office.

The root of the problem is the president’s amorality. Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making.

Although he was elected as a Republican, the president shows little affinity for ideals long espoused by conservatives: free minds, free markets and free people. At best, he has invoked these ideals in scripted settings. At worst, he has attacked them outright.

In addition to his mass-marketing of the notion that the press is the “enemy of the people,” President Trump’s impulses are generally anti-trade and anti-democratic.

Don’t get me wrong. There are bright spots that the near-ceaseless negative coverage of the administration fails to capture: effective deregulation, historic tax reform, a more robust military and more.

But these successes have come despite — not because of — the president’s leadership style, which is impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective.

From the White House to executive branch departments and agencies, senior officials will privately admit their daily disbelief at the commander in chief’s comments and actions. Most are working to insulate their operations from his whims.

Meetings with him veer off topic and off the rails, he engages in repetitive rants, and his impulsiveness results in half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions that have to be walked back.

“There is literally no telling whether he might change his mind from one minute to the next,” a top official complained to me recently, exasperated by an Oval Office meeting at which the president flip-flopped on a major policy decision he’d made only a week earlier.
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The erratic behavior would be more concerning if it weren’t for unsung heroes in and around the White House. Some of his aides have been cast as villains by the media. But in private, they have gone to great lengths to keep bad decisions contained to the West Wing, though they are clearly not always successful.

It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room. We fully recognize what is happening. And we are trying to do what’s right even when Donald Trump won’t.

The result is a two-track presidency.

Take foreign policy: In public and in private, President Trump shows a preference for autocrats and dictators, such as President Vladimir Putin of Russia and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, and displays little genuine appreciation for the ties that bind us to allied, like-minded nations.

Astute observers have noted, though, that the rest of the administration is operating on another track, one where countries like Russia are called out for meddling and punished accordingly, and where allies around the world are engaged as peers rather than ridiculed as rivals.

On Russia, for instance, the president was reluctant to expel so many of Mr. Putin’s spies as punishment for the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain. He complained for weeks about senior staff members letting him get boxed into further confrontation with Russia, and he expressed frustration that the United States continued to impose sanctions on the country for its malign behavior. But his national security team knew better — such actions had to be taken, to hold Moscow accountable.

This isn’t the work of the so-called deep state. It’s the work of the steady state.

Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing the president. But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis. So we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until — one way or another — it’s over.

The bigger concern is not what Mr. Trump has done to the presidency but rather what we as a nation have allowed him to do to us. We have sunk low with him and allowed our discourse to be stripped of civility.

Senator John McCain put it best in his farewell letter. All Americans should heed his words and break free of the tribalism trap, with the high aim of uniting through our shared values and love of this great nation.

We may no longer have Senator McCain. But we will always have his example — a lodestar for restoring honor to public life and our national dialogue. Mr. Trump may fear such honorable men, but we should revere them.

There is a quiet resistance within the administration of people choosing to put country first. But the real difference will be made by everyday citizens rising above politics, reaching across the aisle and resolving to shed the labels in favor of a single one: Americans.

The writer is a senior official in the Trump administration.

bbqkink said @ 12:26am GMT on 6th Sep
HoZay said @ 12:31am GMT on 6th Sep [Score:1 Underrated]
De nada.

This person does not strike me as much of a hero. He/she is helping Trump's agenda along, thinking it's really been great for the country, it's just that himself is an amoral, incompetent douchebag.
bbqkink said @ 2:05am GMT on 6th Sep [Score:2 Underrated]
I sure don't see a hero. I see a self serving get out of jail free card.
knumbknutz said @ 3:00pm GMT on 6th Sep
This editorial is no profile in courage. There have been no profiles in courage. There will be no profiles in courage.

What it is, is someone finally afraid that they are going to have to share responsibility for this nightmare inflicted on our country. Not surprising, as these folks have zero grasp of consequences for the common man. Par for the course for a standard narcissist who refuses to think beyond their own lives.
milkman666 said @ 2:01am GMT on 6th Sep [Score:1 Interesting]
bbqkink said[1] @ 2:10am GMT on 6th Sep
It sounds like a politician who wants to distance himself from a sinking ship so Yea maybe first thought was Don Mcgahn he is on his way out the door and needs his "Trump Cootie vaccination" before he can reenter life out side the Whitehouse.

And in every Don Mcgahn story leaked Don Mcgahn winds up being the hero so...either way no way this person stays secrete very long.
bbqkink said @ 5:56pm GMT on 6th Sep
The hunt for the mole began as soon as The New York Times published an anonymous op-ed by a senior Trump administration official declaring that many in the government are working to thwart the president they serve.

One senior administration official described a White House in “total meltdown” by Wednesday evening, after the president went on television to directly attack the author and the Times, an assessment corroborated in interviews with more than a dozen current and former White House officials and outside advisers.

‘It’s open season on the president’: Op-ed unleashes West Wing meltdown The New York Times op-ed came as the president was already struggling with fallout from Bob Woodward's forthcoming book.
bbqkink said[1] @ 4:06am GMT on 6th Sep

Fish said @ 3:02am GMT on 6th Sep [Score:-3 Boring]
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bbqkink said @ 3:38am GMT on 6th Sep [Score:0 Underrated]
The letter was written in complete sentences and it was cogent...not a chance in Hell Trump wrote it. And The strategy is way over his head writting an anomous letter to expose bad sorcing at the time a letter that makes Trump look like a disturbed 4th chance Trump lets that out, let alone wrote it.

And the Times said it was a person known to it was not Trump.
Taxman said @ 3:43pm GMT on 6th Sep [Score:2]
I’m confused, is he implying Trump wrote the op-ed? And then Trump complained that whoever wrote the op-ed committed treason? Because that would be really meta.

Also how do we know that Fish isn’t Trump?

Fish said @ 12:37pm GMT on 6th Sep [Score:-5 Boring]
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