The Nixon Lesson that the Fake One did not Learn

The key lesson of Watergate was that when then President Nixon declared Executive Privilege, Watergate stopped being about G. Gordon Liddy and the Plumbers, and started being about President Nixon.

In a move that surprised many inside the beltway, the Fake One chose the most self-destructive choice, the Nixon option.

Fast and Furious, the minute Executive Privilege was declared, stopped being about the Attorney General, and is now all about President Obama — whether the Fake One’s lapdog, mainstream media like it or not.

Furthermore, these sorts of facts — that less than 10% of the documents handed over to the Justice Department’s Inspector General have been given to Congress, make the number and intensity of the questions grow, not shrink — from today’s Wall Street Journal:

In March 2011, former Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson sent an email suggesting the Department should recant its denial based on the wiretap documents. Also curious is that Justice has given at least 80,000 documents to the Department’s Inspector General for the internal investigation but only some 7,600 to Congress.

From Tim Stanley at The Telegraph (the British media is where you have to go to read any story remotely like this one, since the American mainstream media are spineless Obama cheerleaders whose slavish devotion to the Fake One is so powerful, that the American mainstream media cannot figure out why their audience is disappearing:)

Nevertheless, by refusing to sack Holder or push him to come clean, Obama may have made a very Nixonian mistake.

A lot of conservatives are writing at the moment that not only is Obama turning into Nixon Mark II, but Obama is much worse because no one actually got killed during Watergate. The comparison is based on the myth that Nixon ordered the Watergate break in and that’s what he eventually had to resign over. But that’s not true. Nixon’s guilt was in trying to pervert the course of justice by persuading the FBI to drop its investigation of the crime. Mistake number one, then, was to involve the White House in covering up the errors of a separate, autonomous political department. Mistake number two was that when Congress discovered that evidence about the scandal might be recorded on the White House bugging system, Nixon invoked executive privilege to protect the tapes. In both cases, it was the cover up that destroyed Tricky Dick – not the original crime.

And, forty years later almost to the day, here we have Obama making the same mistake. Perhaps it’s an act of chivalry to stand by Holder; perhaps it’s an admission of guilt. Either way, it sinks the Oval Office ever further into the swamp that is Fast and Furious. Make no mistake about: Fast and Furious was perhaps the most shameful domestic law and order operation since the Waco siege. It’s big government at its worst: big, incompetent and capable of ruining lives.

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