I don’t know what it is, but Nixon has been dead a long time. It may be to take some of the spotlight off Obama, it may be to take some of the heat off WAPO for failure to vet him or report on Obama scandals. It may be one last hurrah and remembrance of the “glory days” for Woodward and Bernstein and the whole anti-anti-anti counterculture crowd and movement of the 70’s.
It is written in a manner seemingly to impress people who had vaguely heard about Watergate, like younger people. The tapes they refer to, I don’t know if the transcriptions are accurate; they give no footnotes, just say this or that is on tape. Yes, we know all the players said some bad things on the tapes, but I had never heard that Nixon said things like “blow the safe” and “use thievery”. That sounds a little bit over the top to me.
Nevertheless, it was a scandal and was a big **** deal back then. But Woodward (don’t know how much is Bernstein and how much is Woodward) has come up with this new take on the Nixon presidency with these “Wars” on anti-wars, wars on media, etc. There is absolutely no context to any of the things he says here. It is pure anti-Nixon vitriol. Again, to what end? Most of the major players are dead.
Woodward, of course, has been a cultural icon in Washington since the Glory Days. He was instantly transformed into an expert on everything governmental or political, made continual rounds of the TV shows and lecture halls weaving stories together in a manner that made it seem like he had inside information on every political item and every politician ever to pass through Washington. I have always doubted that. I have always thought he was just a good enough creator to take little tidbits and weave them all together in a seemingly credible tale. Much like a fortune teller or palm reader, or Oliver Stone.
Anyway, I hope Big Journalism or some enterprising outfit will poke behind the scenes to see what is behind this. I can see no justification for this being published as an op-ed piece at this point in history. It has to be a part of a Democrat Party operation of some sort. Dragging up the corpse (pronounced corpse) of Nixon? How desperate can you get?