February 08, 2005

Now that's the most bizarre one I've ever heard

Speculation on the true identity of Deep Throat is running hot at the moment, and Ace has the most unlikely possible suspect of them all: Chief Justice William Rehnquist. I think this is more unlikely than even the most out there speculation about Nixon White House junior aide Diane Sawyer (although it does help potentially explain the, ummm, interesting name).

My money is still on Al Haig.

Then again, this whole "we'll tell after he dies" bit cleverly absolves the accused from defending himself if in fact Woodward is just making it up.....

Posted by Steve at February 8, 2005 07:08 AM

Highly unlikely. Rehnquist went on the Supreme Court early in Nixon's first term and would not be in a position to have first-hand knowledge of the activities of the Committee to Re-Elect the President in 1972. Then again, Woodward claims to have interviewed Bill Casey about Iran-Contra on his deathbed, somehow slipping past Casey's doctors, nurses, and around the clock CIA security, not to mention Mrs. Casey who rarely left her husband's side. Woodward relies too much on the dead who are unable to deny quotes attributed to them.

Posted by: LMC at February 8, 2005 11:30 AM

I heard a bizzare one on the news last night: George HW Bush. Supposedly his motivation for leaking like a sieve was because he was ticked Nixon didn't pick him to be VP.

Never mind that #41's not anywhere near his deathbed. I think people are just throwing stuff out there for shits and giggles. My money's on Al Haig, too. He's most logical candidate. Personally, I don't think either Woodward or Bernstein are clever enough to have made up an amalgam character such as Deep Throat to cover their sins. Besides, I don't think Bradlee would have allowed for it.

Posted by: Kathy at February 8, 2005 01:18 PM
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