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Wed May 24, 2017, 11:35 AM

Tricky Dick and the Donald


Tricky Dick and the Donald
Harold Meyerson
May 24, 2017
Like Nixon, Trump bumps up against an obstinate state.


The clearest parallel between Nixon and Trumpís attempts to use intelligence agencies to call off the G-Men is the refusal of those officials to do their presidentís bidding. In each case, itís not so much the ďdeep stateĒ that stands up to the president. Itís the modern stateóa bureaucracy of officials who refuse to subvert the workings of law. Thatís not to say that political considerations didnít inform the decisions of Walters, Coats, and Rogers: Weighing in on behalf of their respective presidents in these instances must have looked to them like a sure-fire way to do long-term damage to the agencies they headed.

At some level, Nixon had to understand thatónot that it deterred him from authorizing law-breaking and orchestrating a cover-up. Itís not at all clear that Trump does understand that, however. Trumpís vision of government, to whatever extent we can say he has one, is closer to a monarchial court (an aggregation of relatives and flunkeys) than a modern state (with officials and agencies bound more by law than by the presidentís whim). Trumpís problem, the source of some of his rage, is not that the state is ďdeep.Ē Itís that itís a stateónot a court. His reliance on children, in-laws, and yes-men to counsel him and carry out his impulses may be that of a mad kingóa study of Trump and Ludwig of Bavaria would be instructiveóbut he doesnít have enough relatives and flunkeys, a critical mass of deferential doofuses, to staff the entire government and thereby rule without challenge.

Good thing Trump didnít breed like a Saudi monarch. Then there really wouldnít be anyone in power who could say no.

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Wed May 24, 2017, 11:45 AM

1. Trump is the penultimate Republican...

they don't want to govern. They want to rule. There is a difference, although their supporters don't know what that is or care. Our founding fathers did.

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