Thoughts on Deep Throat’s unmasking

I’ve been a Watergate student since … oh, Watergate itself. Though not yet eleven when Nixon finally resigned in 1974, I’d paid attention—my grandfather had started my interest in politics early. While my friends complained over the summers of ‘73 and ‘74 about cartoons being pre-empted by Senate hearings and House deliberations, I watched them with relish. Even if I didn’t fully understand what was going on, I was aware that it was important, that it was history.

And like anyone else who has even a passing interest in Watergate, I’ve wondered along with everyone else just who “Deep Throat” was.

Now we know.

The best analysis I’d seen, and the one I’d agreed with, had fingered Assistant Attorney General Henry Petersen.

Whoops.

Now the secret’s out, arguably the best-kept secret in the history of Washington, D.C.

Does anyone else find the denunciations of Felt by Pat Buchanan and G. Gordon Liddy to be tremendously disingenuous?

Felt’s legacy is, in the long run, heroic. A noisy and rancorous resignation could have been ridden out, but a slow, steady development of the facts could not. His contribution—especially relative to the steady diet of lies fed us by today’s White House, needs to be celebrated.

All we need now is another Deep Throat, another Bookkeeper, another X to bring down the criminals in this (mal)administration—and another Woodward and Bernstein to actually care about the news rather than diverting us with meaningless bullshit like Michael Jackson and runaway brides.

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