Welcoming an unlikely defector!
The Bush presidency is the highest stage of Nixonism.
So says Sidney Blumenthal.

Got that, folks? On occasions too numerous to count, President Bush has been likened to Hitler. Just recently, his foreign policy was compared to the Holocaust by leading Democrat Charles Rangel.

But Nixon?

My God, as hyperbole goes, that really takes the cake. As everyone knows, Nixon was Satan incarnate, and made Hitler look like a choir boy.

Glenn Reynolds is right when he says Bush's "ability to drive his opponents stark, raving bonkers is almost supernatural."

What's even more supernatural is the way former Clinton official Sidney Blumenthal has parted with his fellow travelers and jumped aboard the otherwise conservative Deep Throat composite bandwagon:

Felt was not working as "a disgruntled maverick ... but rather as the leader of a clandestine group" of three other high-level agents to control the story by collecting intelligence and leaking it. For more than 30 years the secrecy around Deep Throat diverted attention to who Deep Throat was rather than what Deep Throat was - a covertFBI operation in which Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward was almost certainly an unwitting asset.

When FBI director J Edgar Hoover died on May 2 1972, Felt, who believed he should be his replacement, was passed over. The Watergate break-in took place a month later. As President Nixon sought to coerce the CIA and FBI to participate in his increasingly frantic efforts to obstruct justice, Felt, who had access to raw intelligence files, organised a band of his most trusted lieutenants and began strategic leaking. The Felt op, in fact, was part of a widespread revolt of professionals throughout the federal government against Nixon's threats to their bureaucratic integrity.

What this means, of course, is that hatred of Bush is so deep, so profound, and so irrational, that it can cause even a dyed-in-the-wool liberal like Blumenthal to snub the otherwise de rigeur festival of Deep Throat triumphalism.

I'm very forgiving in all matters of political as well as personal deviationism, so I'm delighted to welcome Sidney Blumenthal to the hallowed halls of alternate Watergate historical revisionism.

It's a grand old struggle, Comrade!

posted by Eric on 06.08.05 at 10:10 PM


And a Blumenthal column is the most retarded stage of Leninism - though I have to wonder if Blumenthal even knew whom he was paraphrasing and from what book.

mark safranski   ·  June 9, 2005 1:05 AM

"[the goal of the Conspiracy is:]....to make Richard Nixon the absolute dictator of the total population of the earth, in other words, the first ruler of the world...."
-Robert Welch, Our Only Weapon

The style of that!

Nixon was Satan On Earth, of course.

But here's my lingering question....

How come when the Final Showdown came, instead of suspending the Constitution and calling out his White House Storm Troopers, the evil prince of darkness, First Leader, and Absolute Ruler of the World simply resigned and muttered something about "the good of the country"? No attempted coup, no running away to plot in exile, nothing.

Was there a method in his apparent madness? Might it be possible that Great Satans work in mysterious ways, and that Nixon is now George W. Bush's dark puppeteer, pulling all strings and masterminding the Bush coup from the nether regions somewhere?

Together we can figure this out!

Eric Scheie   ·  June 9, 2005 7:07 AM

Eric: Didn't you read the VRWC Handbook? Section 72.1 explicitly states that Nixon is not to be revealed as the Dark Lord and Master. I mean, c'mon, the man spends 35 years of his life and death plotting this thing, and you shoot your mouth off?

Don't be surprised when the black helicopters show up.

AGR   ·  June 9, 2005 10:58 AM

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