by Shelton Bumgarner
My current theory about who wrote the anonymous NYT op-ed piece goes something like this — when all is said and done we will learn it was Mike Pence’s Chief of Staff Nick Ayers who wrote it. But, here’s the rub, it will actually have been “edited” by several other people in the White House and that’s why it’s difficult to use linguistic analysis to figure out who wrote it.
The interesting thing about all of this is Ayers is really young and ambitious, so he’s thinking long-term. He knows short-term he would be drummed out of the Republican Party for having submitted it to the New York Times, but he also probably believes that’s worth it because long term — say, about 20 years from now when he’s angling to be a Senator — it will probably reap great rewards to be Anonymous.
One big question, of course, is how and when will we learn who wrote the op-ed piece on way or another. Either we’re going to find out really soon — like within a week — or it could be years. A lot rests, of course, on the ultimate political fate of not only Trump, but what the op-ed piece is seen portending in the future. If there really is a Blue Wave — which a doubt — but if it does happen, there’s a chance that a lot of people will see the release of the anonymous op-ed letter as a turning point.
I still think, given the clues we learned from someone who knows on The New York Times The Daily that it’s Nick Ayers and that the below Tweet is a pretty good indication. I say this because we learned on The Daily that the staff of The New York Times had to do some research into the person before they agreed to publish the op-ed. That leads me to believe it’s not a really big named person in the cabinet.
We’ll see, I guess. It will be interesting to see where the chips ultimately fall.