If you think the situation in Washington is bad now, you don’t remember Watergate

The Watergate scandal of forty years ago was too complicated to recount here in all its details. Suffice it say that it was a very big deal.

And while I’m no huge fan of George Will and was even less an admirer of the late Robert Bork, I have to recommend THIS COLUMN in which Will invokes Bork’s last book to make the point that nothing going on in Washington today is nearly as bad as what happened during Richard Nixon’s second term as president:

Watergate now seems as distant as the Punic Wars. Nixon, born 100 years ago in January, is remembered for large diplomatic, as well as criminal, deeds. [Then-Vice President Spiro] Agnew is deservedly forgotten. Bork deserves to be remembered by a grateful nation for the services he rendered in preventing disarray in the Justice Department at a moment of unprecedented assault on the rule of law, and for facilitating the removal of a president during Washington days that were darker than most people today can imagine. His book confirms the axiom that our ignorance of history makes us libel our own times.



  1. How many people died in the Watergate scandal? We all know what happened in a 20 second tape erasure. Compared to Benghazi Gate, four Americans were slaughtered in an heroic and futile 8 hour battle. One of them was a diplomat. No help was sent. We know that. But we still do not know what the President, the only person in the country Constitutionally responsible for their protection, was doing on that Sept. 11th evening. And he has yet to tell the American what he did or what he knew on that awful night. I mean, other than preparing to go to Las Vegas for a campaign rally.

    Yeah, Watergate was awful.

  2. Craig Knauss


    What was our president doing on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001? And how many people died that day? And what was he doing each morning for the 6 months leading up to the 9/11 attacks?

    And how many people died in the 8 attacks on U.S. embassies and consulates during GWB’s administration? And who was held responsible for those attacks?

    Your self-righteous indignation is duly noted.

  3. Craig, I think we have the answers to all of your questions, which neither I nor Pat referred to. I was referring to Watergate, which Pat did reference, and which had an independent council, and a multi-year investigation that finally led to Nixon resigning.

    I figured you would have had something to add to what with I or Pat wrote.

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