Bobby Jindal

Witcover: Trump era is 'worse than Watergate'

Witcover: Trump era is 'worse than Watergate'

When the Watergate scandal drove Richard Nixon from the presidency 44 years ago, the Republican Party survived because its establishment leaders pushed back against his criminal behavior.

Sen. Barry Goldwater and others told him he lacked the votes to escape impeachment, and he resigned. His replacement, Vice President Gerald Ford, a decent and respected man, helped put the GOP back on course. In 1980, the party won the Oval Office again behind Ronald Reagan and then the two George Bushes, and re-established itself as part of the nation's historic framework.

But today, the old establishment has totally surrendered itself to the Party of Donald Trump, crumbling before the...