According to Washington Post columnist David Von Drehle, the person with the greatest incentive to be behind the anonymous New York Times op-ed declaring the “resistance” has come to the White House is the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
As Von Drehle notes, oddsmakers are giving 12-1 odds that the culprit behind the column that has turned the White House upside down is the husband of Trump daughter Ivanka, who has always appeared to be unwilling to be part of the Trump Administration.
As the columnist notes, “The Jared Theory also answers a question so many have asked since the op-ed was published on Wednesday: Why doesn’t this self-styled patriot resign? There’s no leaving for Jared Kushner. As the saying goes: You marry The One, you marry the family. The only clean break from his dilemma is to wake up from a nightmare in June 2015.”
By being revealed to be the “resister” keeping Trump in check as best he can, Kushner would be paving the way for him and his wife to once again find acceptance in the Manhattan social scene from which they were carried away by Trump’s surprise win.
“Jared and Ivanka return to New York and resume their climb to the top of Manhattan society,” the author suggested. “Having been so close two short years ago, now they’d have a hard time getting invited to the opening of a vape shop in Hell’s Kitchen. But errant sheep returning, shall we say, sheepishly to the fold is one of the great plotlines of literature and Page Six.”
He then added puckishly, “If a bookie will give me 15-to-1 odds, I might lay a bet Chelsea Clinton hosts their inevitable book party.”
“No one, not even the Impresario of the Oval Office himself, could reasonably blame Mr. and Mrs. Kushner if they’ve begun planning their exit strategy,” Von Drehle reasoned. “So many administration figures are eying the doors that, as one of them puts it, the days after the midterm elections will be a great time to sublet a house in D.C. Life is getting mighty uncomfortable as the president discovers — contradicting his core belief of the past 40 years — that there is such a thing as bad publicity, after all.”
You can read the whole column here.