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'Twas a famous media victory ^ | 6/17/02 | Pat Buchanan

Posted on 06/16/2002 10:03:01 PM PDT by kattracks

With the 30th anniversary of the Watergate break-in hard upon us, the calls are coming in. Would this writer like to join a panel to "discuss" the Watergate break-in?

Though few under 40 can remember what it was about, our Big Media never tire of retelling their version of the story of Watergate.

Why? First, because, with Nixon unknown to a new generation, they can recast the tale as a morality play in which liberals saved America.

Second, those were the happiest days of their lives. They were on a permanent high, for they were, at long last, wreaking delicious revenge on the man -- "Tailgunner Joe" McCarthy excepted -- they hated more than any other. One liberal triumphantly titled his book of the era, "When the Good Guys Finally Won." What a howler.

Why did they hate Nixon so? Why do they hate him still? What motivated the Nixon-haters in politics and press to so revile him?

Born poor, with an older and younger brother dying before they were 18, Nixon's story was classic Horatio Alger. He excelled at school, worked in his dad's grocery, served his country honorably in World War II, came home to run for Congress and was elected with fellow vet John F. Kennedy. But unlike his playboy friend, Nixon took Congress seriously. In his first term, he vaulted to national fame by exposing as a traitor, spy and agent of Joe Stalin inside the Truman-FDR inner circle the Golden Boy of Liberalism, Alger Hiss.

In the Truman era, Americans were angrily demanding answers. Twelve million Americans had fought World War II to victory, but Stalin seemed the big winner. Ten Christian countries of Eastern Europe had been ceded over to the Great Terrorist by Churchill and FDR at Yalta. The most populous nation on earth, China, for which we had gone to war, had fallen to the murderous madman Mao Tse-tung. From Indochina to Korea to Czechoslovakia, communism was ascendant.

What Nixon provided was hard evidence that the suspicions of American patriots were justified. FDR's regime had indeed been honeycombed with Stalin's spies and homegrown Red traitors. Nixon had exposed the best and brightest of the New Dealers as dupes. They would never forgive him.

In 1948, both parties nominated Nixon for a second term in the House. Not only did Jack Kennedy agree with Nixon, castigating FDR and Secretary of State George Marshall for the loss of China, JFK's father sent a check to Nixon's 1950 Senate campaign. Nixon won a massive landslide over Helen Gahagan Douglas, after Mrs. Douglas had been carved up as a naive fellow traveler in her Democratic primary.

The Left seethed with resentment. For now, Nixon -- the most effective anti-Communist of his era, the Bayonet of the Republican Party in the triumphant 1952 campaign against feckless liberal egghead Adlai Stevenson -- had captured the vice presidency at 39 years of age.

When the liberal New York Post launched a smear to drive Nixon off the Eisenhower ticket -- accusing him of having a "secret" slush fund -- Nixon's televised counter-attack, the famous "Checkers speech," not only solidified his position but made him the first Republican politician in decades with broad appeal across Middle America.

In the 1960 campaign, the national press corps went into the tank for Kennedy, covering up a lifestyle that made Clinton look like a Trappist monk. And though there is hard evidence the 1960 election was stolen in Chicago and Texas, the press was delighted at Nixon's defeat.

In 1962, when the Cuban missile crisis blacked out Nixon's surging campaign for governor of California and he denounced the media at his "last press conference," the Establishment exultantly declared him dead.

But after the Goldwater rout of 1964, Richard Nixon began the greatest comeback in American history. He led the GOP to a 47-seat gain in the House in 1966 and, two years later, to victory over the great liberal Democrat Hubert Humphrey.

Then, with both Houses of Congress, the bureaucracy, Big Media, and the cultural and academic elites viscerally opposed, Nixon, by 1972, seemed to have achieved his greatest coup: A U.S. victory in Vietnam. He and Spiro Agnew were rewarded with the greatest popular landslide in history, carrying 49 states against another champion of liberalism, George McGovern. But by now, Nixon had stumbled.

Instead of throwing his old friend John Mitchell to the wolves when Mitchell's aides got caught filching papers from the Democratic National Committee, Nixon let White House aides attempt to contain the scandal.

Like FDR, JFK and LBJ, he crossed the line. But where they had been protected by Democratic Congresses and their media allies, Congress and the media seized on Watergate and colluded to destroy a president who had defeated them and taken the country completely away from them.

After 18 months of relentless attack, with his Great Silent Majority shrunk to 25 percent of the country, Nixon had to resign. To crown the Left's victory, Vietnam, cut off by the same vindictive Congress from the means to defend itself, fell to Asian communism, as did the poor Cambodians.

Congress then proceeded to gut the FBI and CIA, for which we are paying so heavily today. And that, children, is the story of Watergate you will not hear. I know, because I was there.

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©2002 Creators Syndicate, Inc.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: nixon; patbuchanan; watergate; whitewater
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1 posted on 06/16/2002 10:03:02 PM PDT by kattracks
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To: kattracks
This couldn't have been said better.
2 posted on 06/16/2002 10:13:26 PM PDT by WillaJohns
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To: WillaJohns;kattracks
Got a link here you might find interesting:

Witness Bob Weiner Calls Watergate - Whitewater Parallel By Larry King 'Perversion of History'

He is upset with Larry King doing a Moral Equivalence between the two events!

3 posted on 06/16/2002 10:21:09 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: kattracks
Pat Buchanan does a nice job of laying out a concise and true history of Richard Nixon. The man had many accomplishments during his thirty year political career, but even Pat knows, you can't deceive the American like Nixon did and get away with it. Even Nixon said, he had let down the American people.

>>>Like FDR, JFK and LBJ, he [Nixon] crossed the line.

I was part of that 25% that supported Nixon until the bitter end. I'm not sorry for it, but it definitely wasn't one the better times in American history.

4 posted on 06/16/2002 10:21:11 PM PDT by Reagan Man
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To: kattracks
Frank Church was an idiot.
5 posted on 06/16/2002 10:23:09 PM PDT by Vidalia
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To: kattracks
At the time of the Watergate hearings, I was a democrat. While watching the hearings on television I was impressed with the fact that the republicans were taking this seriously.
Go forward to the Clinton impeachment hearings. Democrats not only defended the criminal, they demonized anyone who dared to try to speak the truth, and then had a big party rally after he was impeached!
Who has character? The Republicans and Nixon who had the decency to resign and not stay in our faces for the rest of his life bragging about being impeached! (I know he wasn't impeached, but you get the idea.)
I am afraid we will never be free from the most destructive duo ever to disgrace the Oval office, Bill and Hillary, and their little gore too.
6 posted on 06/16/2002 10:23:56 PM PDT by ladyinred
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To: ladyinred
and their little gore too.

Heh heh. Good one.

7 posted on 06/16/2002 10:30:57 PM PDT by Nick Danger
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To: kattracks
Based on this editorial I don't think that Pat Buchanan could be "Deep Throat"
8 posted on 06/16/2002 10:32:01 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Reagan Man
"The man had many accomplishments during his thirty year political career, but even Pat knows, you can't deceive the American like Nixon did and get away with it."

Um, when you get a chance, please check your most recent history text under "Clinton, William Jefferson."

Now, what was that you were saying?

9 posted on 06/16/2002 11:17:21 PM PDT by daler
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10 posted on 06/16/2002 11:18:35 PM PDT by Mo1
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To: Paleo Conservative
I'm fascintated by the students naming Buchanan as the possible source, but there were six other people on the list and Gergen is one of them. Gergen could easily be the throat and the panel was duped into a misdirection play by their perfeser. The group is really a bunch of twenty year olds and their pefeser is an old hand who has to be the hidden hand for this one.
11 posted on 06/17/2002 4:17:44 AM PDT by Thebaddog
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To: kattracks
An eloquent defense of Nixon by Pat. This man has class.
12 posted on 06/17/2002 5:35:33 AM PDT by MadelineZapeezda
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To: daler
This is an article about Richard Nixon and not Bill Clinton!

For one thing, Nixon had the media against him, Clinton didn't. While there are some similarities between the two men, there are many more differences. Nixon did eventually also admitto his mistakes, but it came too late and well after the fact.

Now, exactly what was that you were saying?

13 posted on 06/17/2002 5:55:55 AM PDT by Reagan Man
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To: Reagan Man
Well, to put it in exact terms, you CAN deceive the American people, repeatedly and overtly, and get away with it (with flying colors), as demonstrated by one William Jefferson Clinton.

I didn't think the point needed to be clarified.

14 posted on 06/17/2002 8:44:35 AM PDT by daler
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To: daler
Just a little rhetorical sarcasm. =^)
15 posted on 06/17/2002 9:17:24 AM PDT by Reagan Man
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To: kattracks
Just name any anti-communist from that era and you will name someone who was demonized by the left-wing, liberal, fellow travellers in Government, media and Hollywood. Today it is the ancestors of this commie wing (today called neo-cons) who carry on the tradition of their own agenda.

McCarthy was vilified for his quest. His mistake was he UNDERESTIMATED the number of communists secreted away. We are still paying the price of Roosevelt making the world safe for Communism.

The lesson today is, question whatever the media pundits support. Prepare to be shafted again.

16 posted on 06/17/2002 10:59:12 AM PDT by ex-snook
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To: kattracks
Maybe I read too quickly, but I didn't see any mention of the "enemies list". Also, Watergate unravelled in part because the money laundering being done to make millions of dollars available to Nixon and the Republicans at the time, was ineffective. A check by one donor revealed that the source of the cash for the Watergate burglars came from donations to Nixon's campaign. There has never been a full accounting of all the money which was available for dirty tricks, bribery, and surreptitious criminal activity.

Like another, more recent, occupant of the White House, Nixon yearned for power and always knew that the money would follow. Mitchell's wife, who seemed to be having a hard time backing her husband, died in a plane accident. Probably a center fuel-tank exploded.

17 posted on 06/17/2002 12:30:06 PM PDT by William Tell
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To: aeffdee
And that, children, is the story of Watergate you will not hear. I know, because I was there.

This last paragraph gave me a smile. In light of the recent intense speculation that Buchanan was Deep Throat, those last two sentences are delightfully coy, and probably intended to stoke the fires a little. Was he Deep Throat? I don't know, but he ain't denying it.

19 posted on 06/17/2002 4:50:10 PM PDT by SpringheelJack
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To: kattracks
Who said Pat's not a Conservative?
20 posted on 06/17/2002 7:17:47 PM PDT by gitmogrunt
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