Opposition drawn down party lines isn’t anything new out in the wacky world of Washington D.C., but President Trump has certainly been a lightning rod of controversy in his first year in office.
The Commander in Chief is certainly a firebrand of conservative politics, having polarized not only the nation, but his own republican party by storming into the White House in January 2017. Because of this, Trump has been under constant attack.
Not only has the liberal left been after him, but the so-called “Deep State” as well. This bipartisan, shadowy cabal in the nation’s capital has been working to undermine Trump from the moment he stepped foot in the West Wing, as evidenced by the constant, damaging leaks and rumors streaming out of the White House.
The deep state has been blamed for many things since Donald Trump became president, including by the president himself. Trump defenders have used the term promiscuously to include not just intelligence bureaucrats but a broader array of connected players in other administrative bureaucracies, in private industry, and in the media.
But even if we focus narrowly on the intelligence bureaucracies that conduct and use information collected secretly in the homeland, including the FBI, National Security Agency (NSA), and National Security Council, there is significant evidence that the deep state has used secretly collected information opportunistically and illegally to sabotage the president and his senior officials – either as part of a concerted movement or via individuals acting more or less independently.
The hard questions are whether this sabotage is virtuous or abusive, whether we can tell, and what the consequences of these actions are.
Since Trump was elected, unusually sensitive leaks of intelligence information designed to discredit him and his senior leadership have poured forth from current and former intelligence officials in the deep state.
Now, just hours after the Deep State declared victory in the character assassination of potential VA Chief Ronny Jackson, and a successful bipartisan effort to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller from termination passed the Senate, the President seems to have finally garnered a victory this week.
The Senate on Thursday voted to confirm CIA Director Mike Pompeo as secretary of state in a bipartisan 57-42 vote.
In a departure from what has historically been a rubber stamp vote, the majority of Democrats voted against Pompeo.
Only a half a dozen Democrats voted to confirm Pompeo, primarily from red states that overwhelmingly went for Trump in 2018 and who are facing tough reelection fights.
Those Democrats included: Sens. Joe Donnelly (IN), Heidi Heitkamp (ND), Doug Jones (AL), Angus King (I-ME), Joe Manchin (WV), and Claire McCaskill (MO), and Bill Nelson (FL).
A number of senior Democratic leaders had come out against Pompeo, threatening his confirmation early on.
With Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) initially in opposition and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) recovering from brain cancer treatment, Republicans needed at least one Democratic vote.
Now, perhaps the President can rest easy for an hour or two before being bludgeoned by the “resistance” once again.