Random commentary and senseless acts of blogging.
The first Republican president once said, "While the people retain their virtue and their vigilance, no administration by any extreme of wickedness or folly can seriously injure the government in the short space of four years." If Mr. Lincoln could see what's happened in these last three-and-a-half years, he might hedge a little on that statement.
Prisoners of Azkaban
Thursday, January 26, 2006
The GOP may focus on distorting recent events, but from time to time they're not averse to a little bamboozlement over historic events, just to keep in practice. David Greenberg notes in a recent article in Slate, "John H. Taylor of the Nixon Library... pledged to make his institution's exhibit about Watergate more accurate, which, when I last saw it, accused Democrats in Congress of planning a coup against Nixon in order to make House Speaker Carl Albert president." Lest you think that's just the Nixon crowd or a historian distorting a fairer assessment, here's current Majority Leader candidate John Boehner on Watergate in his own words: "Essentially, we’re the victim of a process set up by Democrats in 1974 – who were so committed to increasing federal spending that they tried to impeach the sitting President for not spending enough."
These excuses for Nixon's criminality, however, are less than impressive. They're too absurd to be convincing as spin, and, while the sheer audacity might once have merited style points, lies this blatant from the GOP nowadays barely raise an eyebrow. Today's pro-Nixon spinners should stay with the classic "they all do it" excuse, used by Nixon himself and recently revived to explain away the contempt for law of another President.