This is rich.  Remember when the New York Times published an anonymous essay by a so-called senior official within the Donald Trump administration which was critical of the President?  People were thrilled, calling this person (mysteriously) “brave” and “courageous,” even though the person didn’t even had the courage of their convictions to speak out under their own name.

Liberals apparently love anonymous White House tipsters.

Or so I thought.  Everything changed when the Daily Caller recently published an article on their digital pages under the headline, “I’m a Senior Trump Official, and I Hope a Long Shutdown Smokes Out the Resistance.”  It begins:

The Daily Caller is taking the rare step of publishing this anonymous op-ed at the request of the author, a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose career would be jeopardized by its disclosure. We believe publishing this essay anonymously is the only way to deliver an important perspective to our readers. We invite you to submit a question about the essay or our vetting process here.

It’s almost like the Daily Caller is saying to the New York Times: ”You can publish anonymously, we can too.  Plus, we’ll even use YOUR disclaimer to explain why.”  But even better than the disclaimer, is the substance of the article which pulls the covers back from the dysfunctional government.

The anonymous official writes:

As one of the senior officials working without a paycheck, a few words of advice for the president’s next move at shuttered government agencies: lock the doors, sell the furniture, and cut them down.

Federal employees are starting to feel the strain of the shutdown. I am one of them. But for the sake of our nation, I hope it lasts a very long time, till the government is changed and can never return to its previous form.

The lapse in appropriations is more than a battle over a wall. It is an opportunity to strip wasteful government agencies for good.

On an average day, roughly 15 percent of the employees around me are exceptional patriots serving their country. I wish I could give competitive salaries to them and no one else. But 80 percent feel no pressure to produce results. If they don’t feel like doing what they are told, they don’t.

Why would they? We can’t fire them. They avoid attention, plan their weekend, schedule vacation, their second job, their next position — some do this in the same position for more than a decade.

They do nothing that warrants punishment and nothing of external value. That is their workday: errands for the sake of errands — administering, refining, following and collaborating on process. “Process is your friend” is what delusional civil servants tell themselves. Even senior officials must gain approval from every rank across their department, other agencies and work units for basic administrative chores.

Process is what we serve, process keeps us safe, process is our core value. It takes a lot of people to maintain the process. Process provides jobs. In fact, there are process experts and certified process managers who protect the process. Then there are the 5 percent with moxie (career managers). At any given time they can change, clarify or add to the process — even to distort or block policy counsel for the president.

Read the rest here.  As you can imagine, liberals suddenly weren’t as keen on the anonymous “Trump White House” articles any more.  In fact, in New York magazine’s the Intelligencer, Ed Kilgore described this person as “a sinister, anonymous senior Trump administration official.

Cue the scary music.

But what’s really horrifying is not this anonymous official.  What’s scary is that liberals can’t see the hypocrisy of their love/hate relationship to anonymous officials — depending on what is said.  To me, this Daily Caller piece is the ultimate level of trolling: not only does it reveal the bureaucratic quagmire, it reveals this’ ridiculous double standard.

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About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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