Nixon had his Watergate and Trump is having his Russiagate and it could end the same. Not a new thought I realize. But not just a hopeful one from a Trump disliker (hate is such an ugly word and it reminds me of Trumpism). With Trump calling for the special counsel on the Russia investigation, Robert Mueller, to end it all, the investigation that is, and the hint he might fire him, Nixon style, the end of the Trump nightmare presidency seems nigh.
Republican senator Lindsey Graham said dismissing Mueller would be “the beginning of the end of his presidency”. And Graham supports the Trump presidency, albeit sometimes reluctantly. He used to call Trump crazy and may still in private (but you know he is under pressure to support the team).
And I do realize that ever since Trump assumed office his imminent demise as president has been predicted only to be confounded.
And something else not original, the last paragraph of my last post:
<<Mr. Trump: Richard Nixon found that even though he was president he was not above the law. Hopefully you will find out the same. Right now you have your GOP enablers who are scared of you but are trying to make the best of things by using your cover to at least get some of what their fat cat contributors demand. But when the long arm of the law catches you they will desert you.>>
What’s got Trump bugged (well wrong choice of words, he claimed Obama bugged his campaign, didn’t he?) is that Mueller is now going after Trump’s personal business records. Trump may have no shame about consorting with prostitutes or porn stars (there’s a difference?) but he does not want to share with the world his questionable business practices. I mean we know a lot about them, but the actual records?
I opined in one recent post that in some ways the ongoing investigation dragging on through the Trump presidency could be seen as unfair and I think I was trying to say that it could set a dangerous precedent if forces counter to a president could interfere with a presidency by questionable investigations that turn up little to nothing. Actually we have already seen that movie — White Water on the Clintons. And in my last post I opined as how the FBI is right to investigate politicians but should not become part of the political intrigue itself. But I also closed the post with that paragraph I repeated in this post (above).
With all the staff dismissals and talk or threats of dismissals and the constant mad tweets, Trump acts as if he is a cornered rat.
After Nixon went down he was able to rehabilitate his image over the course of many years. I know I think better of him after reading about his upbringing and his life. But he let power go to his head, and he convinced himself that he had the right and the power to do things that for other people would be considered breaking the law. I believe he convinced himself that he was carrying out his patriotic mission. And maybe he did have a touch of evil in him (I cannot know).
It is hard to imagine Trump would be able to rehabilitate himself — there is just nothing to work with.
And then there are people who are willing to forgive or at least overlook Trump’s terrible, uncivil, boorish behavior, and his trampling of accepted norms and his disruption of the very stability of our government as a tradeoff for some greater good, a greater good that I cannot possibly identify. If you are one of those people I cannot expect to interest you in anything I have to say — apparently our brains are wired differently. And as for the evangelicals who support the sinner Trump, well you should be ashamed and embarrassed for making a deal with the Devil himself.