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Thank you, George W. Bush and Sally Yates

Dana Milbank on

I'm thankful that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit upheld Robart's ruling.

I'm thankful for Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), whose outspoken criticism of Trump derailed their political careers, and to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), fighting Trump's "half-baked, spurious nationalism" even as he fights brain cancer, and to GOP Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Ben Sasse (Neb.) for resisting Trump's excesses.

I'm thankful to Republican Govs. John Kasich (Ohio), Brian Sandoval (Nev.), Charlie Baker (Mass.) and others who fought Trump-backed efforts to repeal Obamacare without an adequate replacement.

I'm thankful to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis for maintaining some international stability while Trump spreads chaos, and to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for reportedly calling Trump a "moron" and national security adviser H.R. McMaster for reportedly calling Trump an "idiot" with the intelligence of a "kindergartner."

I'm thankful for George W. Bush, who spoke out against the "nativism," "casual cruelty," "bigotry" and "conspiracy theories and outright fabrication" that have risen with Trump.

I'm thankful for my colleagues Michael Gerson, Jennifer Rubin, George F. Will and Charles Krauthammer and for many other conservative intellectuals who routinely denounce Trump's betrayal of conservatism and decency.

I'm thankful for my many colleagues in the Washington Post newsroom and elsewhere (even at the failing New York Times) who have exposed the administration's abuses, and for the fearless editors and owners who let them do that work.

I'm thankful for the many civil servants in the federal government who refuse to bend the facts to suit this administration's whims, and for the whistleblowers and, yes, the "leakers" who reveal Trump's abuses.

 

I'm thankful to the voters of Virginia and elsewhere, who gave us a first sign that Trump's scourge of nationalism and race-baiting can be repelled.

And I'm profoundly thankful that Trump and so many of his appointees have turned out to be incompetent, unable to implement some of his most dangerous ideas.

In short, Sarah, I am thankful that a combination of brave people, brilliant Framers and dumb luck have prevented your boss from doing much worse.

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