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The New York Times Op-Ed Has Only One Agenda—Keep Republican Control of Congress in November!

The anonymous “author” of the New York Times op-ed was not working alone. Think of “Anonymous” not as she/he, but as“They.” And “their” hidden identities are trivial compared to their common mid-term goal—protect the Republican majorities in Congress.

Thomas Jefferson is supposed to have written most of the Declaration of Independence. But it was conceived and signed by several co-conspirators. One of them declared, roughly, “We must all hang together, or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.”

There is no way this unsigned Declaration of Internal “Resistance" was not a group effort. No lone White House operative is going to hang separately. And what Republican team member has any qualms about lying? Before the op-ed was published, they surely all agreed to declare, one-by-one, “I am NOT Spartacus."

This anonymous op-ed is an ingenious Republican mid-term campaign tactic. The media and concerned citizens have now wasted hours speculating on the identity of the author. And we've wasted additional time asking ourselves whether Donald Trump secretly green-lighted the “author."

The entire exercise is designed to surgically separate Donald Trump from the Republican Party, in the minds of potential Republican defectors in the electorate.

The “Anonymous" insiders make their motivation for writing this op-ed clear—right there in paragraph 2:

“[Trump's] party might well lose the House to an opposition hellbent on his downfall.”

The “Anonymous" team is clearly writing this propaganda piece to prevent that outcome. The entire exercise is designed to surgically separate Donald Trump from the Republican Party, in the minds of potential Republican defectors in the electorate.

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As Berry Craig points out in LAProgressive, “Anonymous Won’t Scare Off Diehard Trump Supporters.” The “Anonymous” team only needs to persuade traditional Republicans to vote the straight-R ticket.

And nine short paragraphs later, the “Anonymous” team only needs to persuade traditional Republicans to vote the straight-R ticket.Anonymous” crew give Republican voters all the reasons they need to stay loyal to their party:

“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.”

(A “more robust" military means more money for defense contractors and fossil fuel barons, like the Koch Brothers, who are pouring money into Republican campaigns.)

In case there's any doubt about the true nature of the agenda which the “Anonymous” team is advancing, they target the real enemy in paragraph 2—not Trump, but the “opposition hellbent on his downfall.”

The “Anonymous” team is firing a Republican campaign broadside at us, the hell-bent Democrats. It's also designed to distract us. The New York Times has (unwittingly?) aided and abetted a brilliant Republican campaign coup. And the Times did it for free. "Anonymous” and the New York Times even distracted us from the Kavanaugh confirmation process.

Our job is to focus our time, energy and money on taking congressional power away from the“ Anonymous” cabal and the Republican Party they speak for.

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Dave Clennon

Dave Clennon is an American actor and political activist. He is currently engaged in a campaign to alert Emmy voters to the half-truths, distortions and omissions in Ken Burns' PBS series "The Vietnam War," which is nominated for four Emmys. He is known for his Emmy-nominated portrayal of Miles Drentell in the ABC series thirtysomething and Once and Again, as well as his role as Palmer in the John Carpenter's cult classic film The Thing. He has been frequently cast in films directed by Hal Ashby and Costa-Gavras.