At least on the surface, this just looks like one more person concerned about the fate of the nation as we face a pandemic. Columnist A.B. Stoddard has published a column at The Bulwark that takes the form of an “open letter” to both Barack Obama and George W. Bush. She’s calling on the two former presidents to stand together and raise their voices to “outline a national plan of action” and force Donald Trump to adopt it. And why is proactive action from Bush and Obama required? Because the Bad Orange Man is Bad, you see. And we’re all going to die because of it.
Dear President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama,
The moment you have sought to avoid for nearly four years is here. We are witnessing one of the worst crises to ever confront the United States and one of the worst government failures in the history of the country you served and love…
But both of you knew what the job of the president is in times of crisis and how to manage the basic blocking and tackling of government responses.
President Donald Trump has now proven what many of us long suspected: He has not done any of this, because he cannot do it. He lacks the most basic capabilities required of a president in this moment.
America doesn’t just deserve better. We need better.
Click through and read the letter if you wish. But the first thing to remember is that the Bulwark only exists as a bastion for NeverTrumpers. It was formed by Charlie Sykes and Bill Kristol as a refuge when the vast majority of Republicans and conservatives across the country refused to follow their lead and try to elect a Democrat instead of Donald Trump. And reading the various insults and accusations littering this column, it quickly becomes obvious that Stoddard fits right in at the Bulwark like a hand in a glove.