Lingering Questions

I have spent the better part of forty years pondering Watergate issues. My take may not be better than anyone else’s, but here’s my current thinking on Watergate’s lingering questions. These are off-the-cuff responses that assume some degree of familiarity with the subject matter. Otherwise, it would take too long just to provide the background for each issue. View more research aids.

Who was Deep Throat?

June 16, 2015

The parlor game established by All the President’s Men went on for three decades, until Mark Felt’s daughter stepped forward. By that time, Felt himself was too far gone to […]

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Why didn’t Nixon destroy the tapes?

June 16, 2015

Nixon was sick with pneumonia at Walter Reed Hospital when Butterfield disclosed the existence of the taping system. He had about three days before the first set was demanded by […]

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Why did Nixon resign?

June 16, 2015

The immediate cause of his resignation was the release of the smoking gun tape, which was coupled by the total loss of political support, as well as his legal team […]

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Could Watergate happen again?

June 16, 2015

Most certainly – and I mean both the initial scandal and the resulting over-reaction of the reformers. All of the so-called Watergate reforms have been ineffective – and the abuse […]

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