POLITICO Op-ed: The Wisdom of Watergate
So you thought the shutdown was scary? Present-day Washington could learn a lot about how to act in a government crisis by looking at the Saturday Night Massacre of 1973, says Dean Ken Gormley in an opinion piece for POLITICO.
Today, new generations of Americans have replaced the ones who watched those events glued to their television sets. Yet the climate of fear and anger about a government that has seemingly careened off the tracks is hauntingly similar.
Forty years ago this week, President Richard Nixon took the gamble of his presidency. Dogged by the Watergate scandal and allegations that he was part of the criminal cover-up, Nixon believed he could overpower the rule of law by sheer force. He planned to kill the investigation headed by Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox, who had subpoenaed secret White House tapes that would prove or disprove Nixon's guilt in Watergate.
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