“We have figured out who’s anonymous… There is something unmistakably feminine in the tone.”
bY MATT WILSTEIN//This week, there has been much speculation that Vice President Mike Pence could be behind the anonymous New York Times op-ed that deemed President Donald Trump unfit for office. But according to the Morning Joe crew, that’s what Kellyanne Conway wants you to think.
“We have figured out who’s anonymous,” Joe Scarborough said, tongue barely in cheek, Friday morning. He then turned things over to John Heilemann, who cited a piece by Charles Pierce in Esquire in which he revealed his wife’s theory that Conway wrote the op-ed. The main piece of evidence? “There is something unmistakably feminine in the tone.”
And now, so do I, and not just because we've had this prolonged pas de deus between Conway and her husband, George, who keeps heckling El Caudillo Del Mar-a-Lago on the electric Twitter machine. (George Conway retweeted the op-ed on Thursday, which would be perfect cover.) She's crafty enough to do it. She's been well-versed in the ways of slipping in the shiv since her days as Kellyanne Fitzpatrick during the Clinton years.
“The more you think about it, the more Kellyanne Conway makes some sense,” Heilemann added. “She’s very cagey, she’s the kind of person who would find out that Mike Pence used the word ‘lodestar’ a lot and put ‘lodestar’ in to try to pin it on Mike Pence.”
On top of that, he continued, “If you think about the double act she’s doing with her husband, trying to set herself up to the be Carville and Matalin of the future, this is a good hedge against Trump failing because she would be the kind of person who would want to come out after Trump failed and say, ‘You know what? I was working on the inside for the resistance all along.’