A Lodestar is Born

There are questions swirling around DC as reporters and politicians search for the author of an anonymous op-ed published in the NYT. For writers like me, the key question today is: What kind of a sick monster wouldn’t want to get credit for a viral article? For now, a lot of administration officials have said it wasn’t them (that they would feel the need to do this is, in itself, historic), but we still don’t know who sounded the alarm (and implied they spoke for many others): I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration. “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.” I don’t know who wrote the op-ed. But I do know how fast the Trump news cycle moves. I bet we’ll find out the author’s identity before the weekend.

+ Who Dropped a Lodestar?: Mike Pence has already denied being the author of the op-ed. But the internet was abuzz with the fact that he’s the only suspect known to have used the obscure word, Lodestar.

+ “The suggestion that at least some members of the Cabinet have talked about invoking these powers is new and shocking. But what does it mean to say that the whisperers didn’t want to precipitate a crisis? After all, the rest of the article makes clear that the crisis already exists and is deadly serious.” The New Yorker’s John Cassidy: Why the Anonymous Trump Official’s Op-Ed in the New York Times Matters.

+ “The actions described in the book and in the op-ed are extremely worrying, and amount to a soft coup against the president. Given that one of Trump’s great flaws is that he has little regard for rule of law, it’s hard to cheer on Cabinet members and others openly thwarting Trump’s directives, giving unelected officials effective veto power over the elected president.” David Graham in The Atlantic: We’re Watching an Antidemocratic Coup Unfold. (Regardless of who wrote the op-ed, the writing is on the wall for this administration. And the story it tells is looking more and more like an American horror story.)

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