An embattled Trump can hardly afford to lose her. Removing her would be like a great hockey team, in a sudden spasm of virtuousness, depriving itself of its best cheap shot artist. The Office of Special Counsel piously observes, ‘Ms Conway’s violations, if left unpunished, would send a message to all federal employees that they need not abide by the Hatch Act’s restrictions. Her actions thus erode the principal foundation of our democratic system — the rule of law.’ Well, yes. But that’s why Trump will never let her go. She is doing what he wants done.
Nor is this all. One of the most entertaining aspects of the Trump presidency has been watching the sheer weirdness of the relationship between Conway and her husband George. A Conway departure from the White House would be bad for both parties. George has profited from the dramatic tension of assailing the White House that his wife toils for so tirelessly. Each appears to loathe what the other loves. Just today George has an op-ed together with Neal Katyl in the Washington Post demanding that Congress begin impeachment proceedings against Trump. Now Kellyanne’s Trump troubles with the law seem tailor-made for an op-ed, or at least a tweet, from George. Will he weigh in on his wife’s current troubles or be MIA?