It’s been rumored that Alexander Haig, President Richard Nixon’s Chief of Staff from 1973 to 1974, closely guarded the nuclear weapons launch codes while Tricky Dick was drinking heavily and talking to portraits through the White House halls. More officially, Haig is credited with persuading Nixon, then embroiled in the Watergate scandal, to finally resign from office.
In the present national brouhaha, we have a parallel situation. Although current White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly—a retired Marine Corps general—is probably not the granola vote’s cup of tea, he appears to be the ONLY administrative official serious enough to keep shit together. When orange creamsicle held that bonkers presser on 8/15/17, Kelly was photographed standing to the side, listening with sober, perhaps grim concern.
If Kelly is pondering an invocation of the 25th Amendment, he has an assist from Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA). On August 18, Lofgren introduced a bill in the House of Representatives requiring Trump to undergo a physical and mental health examination to see if he is fit to remain in office. THANK YOU! If such an exam reveals an insane membrane, the bill calls for the vice president and members of the Cabinet to remove “the problem.”
Since D.T. has not made public a credible medical evaluation, Lofgren’s worry is valid. She suggested, among other things, that early stage dementia was a possibility. How else can one explain the President earlier today staring directly into the solar eclipse?
“Has emotional disorder so impaired the President that he is unable to discharge his duties,” she continued. “Is the President mentally and emotionally stable?”
Lofgren doesn’t expect the bill to pass, but she stated to Mercury News “it will stimulate conversation.” Still, she is urging Mike Pence and Cabinet members to “quickly secure … medical and psychiatric professionals” to evaluate Trump’s mental health.
Please take it from there, John Kelly.