Watergate, it's not just for metaphor anymore

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"How much is the current Leakgate scandal the product of the same Nixon Republicans that foisted Watergate on the American people? The links are pretty creepy," writes Jeffrey Feldman. "Here is a quote from an interview with John Dean, Richard Nixon's lawyer and famous key player in the Watergate testimonies to Congress:

Q: Karl Rove first came to your attention during Watergate. In what ways is he the reincarnation of Nixon dirty tricksters like Charles Colson and Donald Segretti?
John Dean: He is way beyond anything Nixon had at his disposal. He is closer to a behind-the-scenes Nixon operator named Murray Chotiner, who could cut off an opponent at the knees so quickly the person did not immediately realize he had been crippled. As I note in the book, the first time I heard the name Karl Rove was when I was asked if I knew anything about him by one of the Watergate special prosecutors who was investigating campaign dirty tricks. I didn't have any knowledge. But I recalled that question when working on this book, and located a memorandum in the files of the Watergate prosecutor's office that indicates they were asking others as well about Rove. Based on my review of the files, it appears the Watergate prosecutors were interested in Rove's activities in 1972, but because they had bigger fish to fry they did not aggressively investigate him.
So, President Bush's right-hand man was being investigated by the Watergate prosecutor's office long before he was hired by George W. Bush. And now George W. Bush's right hand man is again being investigated by a special prosecutor.

Watergate, meet Leakgate. Same players, different scandal. And it all spells disaster for America.

It is time for George W. Bush to address the nation and explain why he keeps a Watergate trickster at his beck and call. And, for goodness sake, why would President Bushgive top secret give security clearance to a man with a known record for breaking the law to win an election?"

And for a little more Watergate zeitgeist, watch this 1973 news report on a White House stonewall that could be replayed today -- only there's no theme music, obnoxious monomaniacal word punching, and the reporter doesn't seem to be lunging for "balance" by asking G. Gordon Liddy what he thinks of the situation. (Frameshop)

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