So you’re Kellyanne Conway. You’ve got, frankly, a whole lot of problems. First, you’re stuck being Kellyanne Conway – and that alone is problematic enough that Saturday Night Live routinely and believably portrays you as being knife-wielding psychopath who lives in a storm drain. But now you have a whole other problem, and it hits far closer to home.
Even though no one outside the White House (and from the sound of it, no one inside the White House) has any idea what her job function actually is, Kellyanne Conway has managed to outlast just about every other one of Donald Trump’s original batch of senior advisers. Even as most of the others have resigned, been fired, or been indicted, she’s still in the building, periodically popping up on television to tell deranged lies about Trump’s latest scandal.
Kellyanne Conway’s long tenure has been made all the more remarkable by the fact that, for the past several months, her husband George Conway has been one of Donald Trump’s loudest and most bitter critics. It started with George merely retweeting criticism of Trump, but it’s grown far more substantive over time. Now George Conway has co-authored a New York Times op-ed which asserts that Trump committed a crime by appointing Matthew Whitaker as Acting Attorney General.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is going to indict any number of Donald Trump’s White House advisers for felony obstruction of justice. Because no one knows what if anything Kellyanne Conway actually does inside the White House, it’s never been entirely clear if she’ll be indicted with them. But now Kellyanne’s own husband is arguing that the Whitaker appointment is a criminal act, at a time when Kellyanne is one of the very few senior advisers Trump has left. Did George just accuse Kellyanne of participating in a criminal conspiracy? That’s got to make for awkward dinner conversation.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report