When you evaluate reports from overseas, enemy or friendly, you have to go through an analysis that involves hermeneutics, empathy and a little knowledge about how the author does their job and for who. The author of this Oped is targeting liberals in an attempt to assure them that all is well, 'We have the President on a tight leash.' That is the only real info here. Who was unaware that Trump was an amoral businessman from New York who has cheated on every wife he has ever had and who has a very shallow view of people in a lot of ways, like his comparison of Melania to Ted Cruz's wife. This really isnt news to anyone who closely followed the Republican primaries in 2016. No important information was leaked either. This was certainly no 'Pentagon Papers' by any means. Which makes me wonder, why would anyone risk their career to publish such a nothing-burger? If you have ever met/known or worked for these types of people, a mix of sycophantic courtier, hard nosed politician and sociopathic opportunist, they are all about one thing; going up the career ladder. They do that by being a team player and making their guy win. IF a staff member even meets a member of the other side without being cleared, that dudes career is torched and he is branded untrustworthy. To publish a letter like this that literally has no point to it other than 'Trump is a moron and we are shielding the world from him' is completely 100000% contrary to the nature of these animals. It is completely unbelievable. They would not risk their hard earned status to write such a pointless piece of drek. Why would a Republican operative write an assuring piece for the benefit of liberals with no upside for him? Why would he give the editors of the New York Times, commie Central, a razor with which they could cut his throat by outing him as author, end his career and ruin him for the rest of his life? Any GOP political activist sees the NYT as the enemy, not their mommy to run crying to. No Veteran GOP operative or activist wrote this piece of horse shit. It is contrary to how these people work, how they see the political universe, in which the Times is Satan on a Stick, or how they would do such a thing if they felt that they had to. And the authors explanation doesnt add up either. IF they know Trump is such a loose cannon and off the rails, and are constantly working to keep him within the lane markers of sanity, why WOULD THEY SEND SUCH A PROVOCATIVE PIECE TO THE STAFF OF HIS MOST PROMINENT ENEMIES TO ENRAGE HIM? This whole article sounds like something a leftwing ideologue would make up to look genuine.....or from the pen of someone who wanted to set them up. Two things are accomplished by this Oped; 1. The NYT looks stupid, and 2. The NYT just confirmed the existence of the Deep State, all by themselves. Guess the girl just cant help herself.