None of this is to suggest that whoever wrote the Times op-ed is some kind of hero or part of a noble cabal that’s keeping the nation from self-destructive tariffs, public flirtations with Vladimir Putin, hostile outbursts toward NATO allies, deficit-expanding handouts to the rich or inhumane treatment of immigrant children. For starters, if that’s what they’re up to, they’re doing a crummy job, as all those things still happened. But perhaps more importantly, it’s kind of cowardly to make these claims anonymously. It’s not Horatius at the Bridge fighting against overwhelming odds to save your country, it’s more like those frightened grownups in the classic 1961 Twilight Zone episode, “It’s a Good Life,” in which a 6-year-old boy has god-like power and everyone just tries to placate him. Whoever you are, buddy, you should have known what you signed up for.