Not Watergate, But . . .

It was a risk.  A big risk.  Sometimes big risks pay off.

Not this time.

It’s not all Trump’s fault, although he has become the fulfillment of the Democrat prophecy; that the government would be left to an incompetent narcissist with bullying tendencies.  Hillary Clinton, judging by her reaction to her loss, not to mention the hubris of her campaign, would have produced much the same result, although for different reasons.  She, however, would have bothered to staff the government, although if you were on the Clintons’ “Enemies List,” you’d be blackballed.

I have to agree with the level heads here; we are not in constitutional  crisis territory.  We are, however, in the vote of no confidence territory.  For all of you looking up Watergate on Wikipedia (the scandal, not the office building), it took Richard Nixon six years to get to the point of impeachment.   These days, however, knowing history just gets in the way.

The Watergate scandal began with what turned out to be an entirely unnecessary office break in at Democratic National Headquarters.  This was situated in The Watergate, then a relatively new building in an inconvenient part of the District of Columbia.

Irony abounds.  The Democratic Party managed to thoroughly bungle the 1972 elections all by itself, obviating the services of G. Gordon Liddy et al.  Nixon won the election in classic landslide fashion, pulling a Paris Peace Talks breakthrough out of the proverbial hat in October of that year.   The resulting rabbit gave the American electorate something it wanted more than anything:  visible light at the end of the Vietnam tunnel.  Instead of hanging G. Gordon and his anti-commie cohorts out to dry (as the Clintons would have done), Nixon proceeded to mount a cover up campaign, all the while making classic mistakes like purposefully recording every word he said in the Oval Office on a primitive tape recording system.

Trump has done nothing of the sort, all impeachment rumblings (and taping threats) aside.  So far as we know, he did not authorize anyone to break into the Democratic Campaign Headquarters. The Russians did that, ostensibly of their own free will and for their own purposes.  We can also assume that, by the same token, the Russians broke into the Republican Campaign Headquarters as well.  So far, no one seems to care about this possibility.

The fact that this all happened in the abstraction known as cyberspace shows you just how far away we are from 1972’s reel to reel tapes.

President Trump’s biggest sin so far is that he has been “unpredictable” (read: chaotic), but he has not, so far as we know, broken the law. That’s what Director Comey was attempting to find out before he was abruptly fired, quite lawfully (if ungracefully) by President Trump. This sort of thing is well within the sitting President’s prerogative.  Despite Mr. Comey’s dismissal, the investigation continues.

The President, however, with every mindless tweet and idiotic utterance loses credibility not to mention effectiveness. The fact that his spokesman was caught by the White House Press Corps hiding in the bushes last week, is not only bizarre, it points to fatal dysfunction.  President Trump with his reality show sensibility that nothing really matters, and despite his disingenuous interviews, seems to rationalize (when he thinks at all)  that he was not elected to get things done, he was elected to disrupt the government.  Steve Bannon is at the heart of this stupidity.

It was said that Nixon used to go around the White House in the late hours, talking to the portraits of past presidents.  Trump is said to yell at the cable news commentators/panels when they bring up the ongoing FBI investigation. Nixon didn’t have enough sense to just go to bed; Trump doesn’t have enough sense to turn off the TV.  It may not be Watergate yet, but it’s getting there.

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