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PostTrump in Trouble (Cameron Sawyer, Russia, 12/15/18 4:21 pm)
More and more evidence of serious crimes committed by the US President, provided by an increasing number of witnesses who were formerly close to the President, including most strikingly the President's personal lawyer, increase the prospect of a successful impeachment.
There are two good articles about it in the current electronic issue of the National Review:
David French, "Republicans Don't Fool Yourselves: Donald Trump is in Serious Trouble":
And one by my friend Mona Charen, "The Collusion Scenario":
This is what we get, when we elect someone to high office without due regard to the question of character. We made this mistake once before, with Bill Clinton. But it is impossible to imagine such goings on with a man like Barack Obama or either of the Bushes, or for that matter with Carter or Reagan. Bill Clinton was accustomed to the banana republic rules of the State of Arkansas--a powerful man could have sex with anyone he wanted without consequences, even without their consent; could take bribes, could sell influence, whatever. Donald Trump is a brash and arrogant TV reality show star (never and in no way an actual businessman), accustomed to behaving in any way his extremely arrogant and narcissistic impulses took him ("Grab ‘em by the pussy; do anything you want with them" [when you're a star]). He could get away with it when it was "only television," but the presidency is not a reality TV show, with no one around but fans and mercenary TV execs--Washington is full of proud, powerful people not willing to kowtow to this kind of arrogance, and not willing to overlook this kind of behaviour, particularly when there's nothing in it for them.
Trump has not been the worst president we've ever had--among the boneheaded trade wars and reckless tweet storms, he's done a few very good things--on taxes, on judicial appointments, to name two. Despite numerous irresponsible tweet-storms directed at foreign governments, he hasn't started any new wars and hasn't escalated any existing ones. But Republicans have made a deal with the devil by putting up with what they put up with, for the sake of these achievements. It's all now likely to blow up in their faces. And if Trump is successfully impeached, the consequences will be profound. Trump's hard-core "deplorables" supporters will see an establishment conspiracy behind it, sharply increasing their alienation, and greatly increasing the risk of social turmoil, something we need least of all right now. The vacuum left when he goes down might be filled by God knows what.
Bill Clinton got away with, to some extent, severe lapses of behaviour, crimes, and lies--because he was an actual politician, with an actual political network of real supporters, whose interests Clinton knew on an individual basis, and considered, and catered to, and because he possessed no small amount of charm and persuasiveness. Trump has none of these advantages. The affected scowl on his face really says it all--he is unable to relate to anyone except as the star of his own show, where everyone can be hired and fired at will, and the presidency doesn't work like that--the president needs the support of a whole constellation of people in order to do his job, or to even keep it.
I'm afraid it's a dark day for our political system. But dark day or not--it would be worse if Trump were allowed to get away with it. Let the chips fall where they may, I say.
JE comments: The chips are turning into an avalanche. Trump will be forced into full defense mode, which does not bode well for his (already questionable) ability to govern.
And if I may pry, Cameron, how do you know Mona Charen?
(WAIS is turning into a nocturnal on-line Forum, I fear, at least until December 20th. The wi-fi in Cuba works better after dark. To be more precise, it actually works after dark.)