Booker Spartucus, Anonymous,Obama remarks: Darcy Cartoon
Booker Spartucus, Anonymous,Obama remarks: Darcy Cartoon
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- This past week, Senator Cory Booker declared he’s a Spartacus and 2020 Democratic Presidential nominee wannabe. Vice President Mike Pence became one of the first to be suspected of, and deny, writing the New York Times’ Anonymous op-ed. And Barack Obama returned to the campaign trail saying President Trump is a “symptom” not the cause of what ails the nation.
Cory Spartacus for President in 2020.
During the contentious Brett Kavanaugh hearing, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker declared he was about to release what he believed were classified, and incriminating Kavanaugh documents, and that doing so would be a Spartacus moment because releasing the document risked his removal from the Senate.
Booker’s Spartacus sword turned out to be a butter knife when it turned out the documents in question had already been declassified and released. Instead of making a grand stand, Booker just ended up falling under the Democrat’s Kavanaugh hearing grandstands.
Booker is one of the hundred Democrats said to be eyeing a 2020 presidential run. Sen. Marco Rubio, one potential future opponent of Booker, was quick to troll him in a clever tweet, in between drinks of water.
“On this day in 71B.C. the Thracian gladiator Spartacus was put to death by Marcus Licinius Crassus for disclosing confidential scrolls. When informed days later that in fact the Roman Senate had already publicly released the scrolls, Crassus replied “Oh, ok, my bad.”
Will Trump call on real Spartacus to catch Anonymous op-ed writer?
Self-described “Stable Genius” Donald Trump believed Frederick Douglass was still alive, so with Spartacus back in the news, don’t be surprised if he calls on the storied gladiator to hunt down the Anonymous NYT op-ed writer.
First there were reports that Trump had compiled a list of 12 top suspects and had put Chief of Staff John Kelly in charge of outing the “gutless coward” guilty of “treason.”
Next, Trump called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to launch a full-scale investigation, using his southern accent as little as possible, to identify and prosecute Anonymous.
Saturday, Kellyanne Conway told CNN she didn’t believe the writer was a White House official. “I really hope they find the person. I believe the person will suss himself or herself out...because that’s usually what happens. People brag to the wrong person. They brag that they did this or that.”
W. Mark Felt didn’t “suss himself out” for three decades after being Bob Woodard and Carl Bernstein’s source “Deep Throat” on their Watergate reporting. Felt was 91 at the time he went public.
When I was in college, Nixon’s former White House lawyer John Dean came to speak. Dean methodically made the case for why, at the time, he thought “Deap Throat” was Alexander Haig.
As Dean did with Haig, people are making good cases for why Anonymous could be Dan Coats, Mike Pompeo, Jon Huntsman or others.
While Trump is calling on Sessions and Kelly to ferret out Anonymous, and Conway is saying the writer should and will out themselves, Sessions, Kelly and Conway are all suspected being the author themselves.
After reading the op-ed ,I agree with those who believe it is indeed a high ranking official who is an old-school Republican, has special interest in foreign affairs, respects John McCain and is a good writer.
My first thought was that it was someone like Mike Pompeo, John Bolton,Dan Coats, Kelly or Mattis. The op-ed cited McCain’s final statement and Kelly and Mattis were at the funeral, as was Ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman. And I believe it’s been reported that Pompeo, Bolton and Coats were present also at McCain’s services.
The first thought of many in The White House was apparently that it was Mike Pence or someone in his office, mainly because of his use of “lodestar” in past public remarks. Pence was one of the first, if not the first, administration member to deny being the writer.
Who Anonymous isn’t.
I’d be more comfortable betting on who Anonymous isn’t. It’s highly unlikely it’s a low ranking or deputy staffer the public has never heard of.
Knowing how major newspaper editorial and opinion pages operate, I don’t know that any, especially the New York Times would publish such an impactful anonymous op-ed unless it was a high-ranking official at the cabinet or senior adviser or ambassador level. The stakes are too high to publish something like that from some lower ranking official.
Obama Trolls Anonymous, Trump, Congress and Non-Voters.
President Trump and former president Barack Obama do have something in common besides the presidency, they both called out the anonymous op-ed author.
In his Friday speech, Obama scoffed at the hidden “resistance” in Trump’s administration, written about in the anonymous op-ed and Woodward’s book.
“The claim that everything will turn out okay because there are people inside the White House who secretly aren’t following the President’s orders, that is not a check. I’m being serious here. That’s not how our democracy’s supposed to work. These people aren’t elected. They’re not accountable.”
“They’re not doing us a service by actively promoting 90 percent of the crazy stuff that’s coming out of this white house, and then saying, ‘Don’t worry, we’re preventing the other 10 percent’.′ That’s not how things are supposed to work. This is not normal,” extolled Obama.
It’s also not usually normal for a former president to troll a sitting president by name, as Obama did. But Obama’s main target Friday was the Republican Congress’ failure to act as a check and balance against Trump. And Obama’s main focus of both his speech Friday and Saturday, was to drive home the importance of voting, challenging those who want change to walk their talk to the voting booth in the midterm elections and beyond.
Obama will likely be effective in getting out the Democrat and independent vote. But he and the anonymous op-ed may also energize the Trump vote.
“This isn’t the work of the so-called deep state. It’s the work of the steady state,” Pence, Pompeo, Conway, Coats, Kelly, Mattis, Spicer, Sanders or fill in a name here_________ wrote in the anonymous op-ed.
That was a good point and good line. But Trump and his supporters will look at the Woodward book, Anonymous op-ed and Obama’s return, as evidence of the fictitious deep state deep at work.