Thursday, September 6, 2018

A dissenting opinion 'About that New York Times Op-Ed'

Judd Legum at has a dissenting opinion on the author of the NY Times op-ed that stirred up so much controversy yesterday. (I posted on it in A report from ‘the resistance inside the Trump administration’.) Legum writes:

An anonymous “senior administration official” wrote a column in the New York Times that has a lot of people talking. The author describes the president as amoral and claims 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.”

While it’s fun to try to figure out the author, I only mention it to say this: This column is not worth your time. (I’m not linking to it. You can Google.)

The author casts themselves and other senior administration officials as “heroes,” curbing Trump’s worst abuses. They are not heroes. They are collaborators and enablers.

Remember these passages from the op-ed and my post.

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.

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.

[I responded:] From this passage, you know the person writing this is a bonafide Republican type, one who extols deregulation that sickens us, tax “reform” that divides rich from poor, and the largest military budget in the history of mankind.

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

There is the problem. The author of the op-ed has no problem with Trump blowing up the deficit in order to serve up tax breaks for the already uber-rich, for example. It’s all just a matter of “leadership style.”

No it is not! I side with Legum on this one.

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