Will we ever figure out the identity of the mystery author of the explosive op-ed in last Wednesday’s edition of The New York Times?
The White House claims to be getting close, although I don’t know how.
There have been a lot of guesses, with a lot of really bizarre twists behind those guesses.
The most popular guess, it appears to be, is Vice President Mike Pence.
Think about it: What better way to grab the reins of power, than to convince the people and the party structure that the man they allowed to take over the party in 2016 was incompetent and unhinged?
I get why they think it’s Mike Pence, but I’m going to outright reject that notion.
Pence was not chose as vice president because of his strength, backbone or ambition.
Pence was chosen because he’s the kind of weak and pliable toady needed to press Trump’s interests in the Senate.
He’s also a reliable hook for the evangelical crowd that have so willingly compromised their values to chase after Trump.
Nobody who has seen the video of Trump removing his bottle of water from a meeting table, followed wordlessly, dutifully by Pence, also removing his bottle, for some unknown reason, is seeing Mike Pence as the type to ever cross his boss.
Of those who feel Pence is the likely suspect, they apparently zeroed in on a single word: lodestar.
Pence once used the word in a speech.
Guys, it’s an unusual word, but Pence didn’t make it up himself. It’s been around for a while.
And who is to say that the anonymous op-ed writer, who claims to be a senior White House official is a guy?
My first guess was Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
I’m not the only one that’s looking at a female to have more starch than some of the alleged men in the Trump White House.
Mark Caputo, the former Trump campaign manager, appeared on CNN Sunday with CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield, and suggested that he’d sniffed out the culprit.
“So you feel like you’ve figured out who the person is, do you believe the White House has figured it out?” Whitfield asked.
Caputo replied he feels like the White House is getting close.
“Well, how come you know and they don’t?” Whitfield pressed further.
“They’re getting there,” Caputo insisted.
Is Caputo part of the administration, on any level?
He isn’t, but that hasn’t stopped him.
“I started with this. Who is the person who I believe hates the president the most?” Caputo said. “Who is the person in the administration who has screamed about him in their own private office and gone forward and purged their entire office of Trump people?”
“I think, first of all, this person will never admit it,” Caputo continued on. “In my mind, the author of this op-ed believes that she is a hero to the American people.”
“She?” Whitfield asked.
He said “she.”
To be fair, there are very few women in senior staff positions with the Trump White House.
We know Kellyanne Conway hated Trump, until he offered her a job. Her husband, George Conway, is a constant critic of the president across social media.
There are several women in Cabinet positions, such as Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen or United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley.
There are options. I suppose it just depends on if you actually believe one of these ladies has the motivation and will to speak up where the men have remained silent.
Michael Caputo thinks so.