“The hits just keep on a-coming,” is a famous line from my favorite movie “A Few Good Men.” In it Tom Cruise uses that phrase to describe the constantly deteriorating situation as he attempts to defend two Marines charged with murder.
It also describes the final years of Richard Nixon’s presidency. After he won his second term in office, using illegal slush money to ensure his victory, he saw his staff and cabinet convicted and marched off to jail because they did his bidding.
For those readers who were not around at the time of the Watergate break-in, let me recommend the book “All the President’s Men” by Woodward and Bernstein.
I see many parallels between the Nixon and Trump presidency.
The “hits” on Nixon were John Mitchell, H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman and Chuck Colson going off to jail. The “hits” on Trump are the sentencing of his lawyer Michael Cohen last week, along with the plea deal for his friend David Pecker, which included the expose of the National Enquirer’s efforts to cover up the affair between married Trump and a Playboy model.
We must not forget the other Trump associates (Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos and Paul Manafort) who have attracted the attention of the Robert Mueller investigation.
Some of these will serve time in jail; others will only have their reputations destroyed. The other “hits” on the Trump presidency are his inability to recruit and keep the staff in the White House and the Cabinet departments. Like rats leaving a sinking ship, no rat wishes to remain, and absolutely no one of any credibility wants to join the Trump presidency.
It is unfortunate that we are trapped with Trump for president for the next two years. Our centuries old, obsolete constitution makes removing an incompetent, corrupt president almost impossible. The Democratic Party majority in the House of Representatives could charge Trump with election crimes, but the Republican Party majority in the Senate would never go along with that.
What would be best for the country would be for Trump to get the Mueller group to accept his resignation from the presidency, along with a guilty plea to conspiracy with a foreign government and a guilty plea to conspiracy to commit election fraud, in return for a promise of no jail time for him or his immediate family members.
It would truly be the best thing for our democracy. Trump could later write the book “The Art of the Plea Deal.”