Magazine June 12, 2017, Issue

The Plot against the President

(Roman Genn)
It’s coming from inside the building

A presidential election in the United States, Alexis de Tocqueville wrote, is a kind of national crisis, one in which “the entire nation falls into a feverish state.” Once a winner is declared, “this ardor is dissipated, everything becomes calm, and the river, one moment overflowed, returns peacefully to its bed.”

Not this time. After the 2016 election, the fever didn’t break. A few months into the Trump administration, the conversation in Washington, D.C., is dominated by words such as “impeachment” and “coup.” Matt Drudge is speaking of Trump advisers who are “deliberately sabotaging” his presidency by leaking to reporters. The

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Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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Books, Arts & Manners




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