Thirty-five years after losing a landslide election to Richard Nixon and winning only one state -- Massachusetts -- that branded him as one of the biggest losers in American politics, George McGovern has claimed his place in history as one of its biggest winners.
History will judge our incompetent leaders and this time period harshly. Lest we think we are off the hook as common citizens -- think again. We are the enablers -- those who don't vote, the maimed, the broken -- and we still will go "splat."
In "Yours in Truth," we get Ben Bradlee in all his charismatic in-charge sex appeal and dynamism, we get Katherine Graham and she gives total good value as an amateur who rose to the occasion, we get Carl Bernstein who could write and report in a manner his partner Bob Woodward couldn't.
In Parashat Korach, we learn about anshei shem, men of renown, who abuse their power to the detriment of the community. We saw a similar phenomenon 40 years ago in Watergate, and we see it today in our broken election financing system.
The real crimes of the last 40 years didn't fit into the box that Woodward and Bernstein and the Watergate scandal helped to create. In the end, the real exceptionalism of Richard Nixon was merely that he was dumb enough to get caught. The rest of them all got away with it.
Watergate. Has it really been 40 years? I was just a small-town teenager in the summer of 1972, but I remember being fascinated as the break-in and protracted cover-up unfolded. It was a drama like no other.
There's a kerfluffle bubbling in Washington. August feathers have been ruffled with publication of Yours in Truth by the authorized biographer of Benjamin C. Bradlee, former executive editor of the Washington Post. There's a price you pay when you "follow your nose" and tell the truth.
Everyone in the public arena reaches for "truth" as if it were a Phillips screwdriver on the top shelf of the national toolbox. How many times have you heard politicians start a string of lies with "The truth is, folks... "?
Chairman Burns' stonewalling to keep the Fed from being caught in the Watergate scandal was extreme undue political interference. Inspector General Mark Bialek's report bypasses this information that was made available to him.
The Yale students believed the Internet would have told them the truth about Nixon; now the media are hoping it will tell them the truth about Instagram and Facebook. But an off-the-cuff opinion instantly posted on the Internet is a changeable and unreliable thing.