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.