June 02, 2005


Bob Woodward is rushing to print his dealings with W. Mark Felt a/k/a Deep Throat, no doubt disappointed that it could not wait for DT to die so all sorts of conversations could be attributed to him without the inconvenience of having Felt around to dispute them. However, he does have some sort of dementia which for Bob is the next best thing.

The MSM is going through the predictable orgasm of lionizing Felt as "heroic" for bringing corruption and abuse of power to light, at the risk of his job, etc. IMHO, Felt did little that was heroic. Instead, he leaked sensitive information about ongoing criminal investigations and grand jury proceedings, precisely the things the libs accused Ken Starr of doing, insisting that Starr resign, be investigated, etc. It may just be me, but I expect high government officials such as a Deputy Director of the FBI to have the testicular fortitude to tell their boss, or their boss' boss, to pound sand if their agency was called upon to do something illegal or immoral, even at the cost of their job. If they do not have the guts to make that kind of a call, they do not deserve their high office. Felt should have confronted Nixon, daring him to fire him, resigned, or take an abrupt early retirement and devoted his free time to making the rounds of members of the House Judiciary Committee. Instead, he slunk in the shadows.

In the Watergate affair, one need look no further than Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelhaus for examples of moral courage. When Nixon demanded that Richardson fire the special prosecutor, Archibald Cox, Richardson said "no" and was fired on the spot. The same demand was made to Ruckelshaus who just saw his boss get waxed and he gave the same response. It takes guts to make a stand like that, fully knowing that a price is to be paid. What Felt did was not heroic because he had nothing at risk.

Posted by LMC at June 2, 2005 08:11 PM

Plus he smells bad. That old guy smell. Yuck.

I don't like him much, either. Perhaps I'm just jealous of the oldster's newfound fame and publicity, and perhaps, like a certain "maverick" U.S. Senator (I'm thinking that John Kerry is Iceman, Chuck Hagel is Goose, and, oh I don't know, maybe Ted Kennedy is Slider) that once the media finds me (and loves me and adores me) I might too go soft in the head and start thinking that they're not so bad. But I don't think so. As soon as the press started fawning over this guy I knew he would smell like old, bad cheese.

I'm no great fan of Eliot Richardson, but only because of an old Massachusetts politics fight where he crossed one of my boys. As far as Watergate goes, your assessment is correct. Richardson was the brave one. Felt was a skulker.

Posted by: The Colossus at June 3, 2005 01:18 PM

And Richardson didn't get any big media-interview bucks out of it to pay off those college tuitions, either.

Posted by: skeptik at June 5, 2005 09:09 PM
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