I've been cruising the 'net about this story. That Dinesh guy says it isn't really a WH official - it's the NYT pulling a con (how would he know, you ask? Search me!). Another guy, Caleb Howe, says the use of the word "lodestar" possibly points to Mike Pence or (much more likely) his speech writer, Stephen Ford. But who knows? Welcome to Crazy Town, brothers and sisters!
#50 | POSTED BY KARABEKIAN AT 2018-09-05 08:03 PM
The best theory, imo but it's not likely that 'lodestar' would have been included not knowing Trump is going to immediately begin to cover that trail up. If he admits it's a real "resistance" he looks weak, but claiming fake news has no repercussion if he gets Pence to publicly denounce it. I believe that commanding that photo-op is within his purview. While he cannot fire Pence, he can make his remaining time "purposefully spent". So Pence will allow Ford to be shamed into early retirement?
Pence is a wuss, he'd never have the guts to write this op-ed. Somebody is trying to set Pence up so that Donald becomes paranoid about him. The entire 25th Amendment debate hinges on Pence taking over the presidency so why would he telegraph his own deceit in playing Trump for an idiot and then confirming it in public, with the NYT specifically? It would be a grand slam of Trump triggers, that's for sure. And Trump can't fire Pence, he was duly elected. I bet Pence is busily kissing Trump's behind as we speak, in one form or another.
Makes no sense that Pence is behind this, even he's not that stupid considering his position.
#73 | POSTED BY TONYROMA AT 2018-09-05 09:39 PM
Maybe Pence thinks he's setting a trap to organize the agitators? Like the Cloud City dinner with Darth scene.
#70 & 73 was there any push back from Pence on those recent claims that he felt God was calling him to be president? If not, then maybe Pence is behind the op-ed. I could see him overcoming his fear and tapping into his loathing of Trump (which you know both Mother and he must have in spades) if he thought Jesus wanted him to do it.
#78 | POSTED BY GAL_TUESDAY AT 2018-09-05 09:44 PM
Pence has always felt he has been chosen to be President. At this moment in time I am leaning toward believing his affection for that vision may have instigated a horror upon himself. Or, someone is setting him up - which is the best agitation of all - Trump can't get rid of him and will undoubtedly harbor doubts about Pence until he leaves office.. if there was no Mueller tip-off.
If last week the rest of the administration have been advised that the president is essentially void, will be removed and that they will play along to avoid constitutional crisis. In that scenario there is no downside to Pence publicly flummoxing Trump because Mueller is protecting his op-ed. He may yet achieve his dream of Presidency, God help us all.
I just found out about this, have only read the NTY article. This doesn't qualify as a "leaker" so much as "apologist", imo. That does stink of Pence after all.