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Trey Gowdy and the Real Lesson of Watergate (1973 Democrats blocked investigation of LBJ.)
The American Spectator ^ | May 8, 2014 | Jeffrey Lord

Posted on 05/09/2014 7:06:13 PM PDT by Kaslin

It is the real lesson of Watergate.

As South Carolina’s Congressman Trey Gowdy, the new chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, begins his task, it is worth recalling a lesson from Watergate. Specifically a lesson about the creation of what became known as the Senate Watergate Committee — and how the Senate Republicans of 1973 lost a fight that literally changed the course of American history.

The date is November 17, 1972. The Democrats in the United States Senate are not happy with the results of the just concluded presidential election in which their nominee and Senate colleague, South Dakota’s Senator George McGovern, had lost 49 states — all but Massachusetts and the District of Columbia — to President Richard Nixon.

In the middle of the campaign — back in June — the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee had been burglarized. Among other things, the objective was to bug the phones to monitor the DNC Chairman, ex-JFK and LBJ White House aide Lawrence O’Brien. The story had been a detail of the campaign, but a small one. Not until October had the story gained any kind of traction, moving in a bigger way from print media and the hands of the Washington Post’s young reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein to television. Walter Cronkite at CBS had spent two nights in a row on the scandal, a big deal in a day where the three TV networks only had a single half-hour news show at the dinner hour. There were strands of a story — a connection between Nixon’s re-election committee, the story of an intelligence fund at the committee. And not much else. The news reports had no effect whatsoever on Nixon’s impending landslide victory.

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1 posted on 05/09/2014 7:06:13 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Here’s the real lesson of Watergate:

In 1972, Richard Nixon got 520 electoral votes and 60.7% of the popular votes. Despite this enormous victory, the Democrats determined to get rid of him and overturn the results of the election.

From that moment, everything they said, everything they did, was focused like a laser on their desired result. They knew what they were doing, they did it, and they won.


2 posted on 05/09/2014 7:11:40 PM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: Kaslin

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3 posted on 05/09/2014 7:12:48 PM PDT by rdb3 (Get out the putter, this one's on the green.)
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To: Kaslin

Good article...


4 posted on 05/09/2014 7:17:04 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: Kaslin

“Every single e-mail involved in this episode must be placed in the hands of Gowdy’s committee. Every relevant person involved — from high to low — should find themselves sitting at that witness table. America can spend the summer getting to know not only what Hillary Clinton did and where the President was and what he was doing exactly. The country can learn just who is Tom Donilon, anyway? Who is Ben Rhodes? Probe the Dude’s memory and go over the scribblings of Tommy Vietor. Find every secretary, every night watchman. Be as thorough in investigating Obama as those Senate Democrats — and, yes, the Republicans — were in investigating Richard Nixon. Just… follow the facts.”


5 posted on 05/09/2014 7:23:26 PM PDT by dontreadthis
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To: Kaslin

Great and timely find! Thanks!


6 posted on 05/09/2014 7:27:35 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Kaslin

I never knew this history, LBJ bugged Nixon via the FBI? And in ‘64, bugged Goldwater. Bookmarked.


7 posted on 05/09/2014 7:27:36 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: Kaslin

Great article. Did not know about the Dems using the FBI to bug the 1964 and 1968 GOP campaigns.

Shame on Hoover for not telling LBJ to take a hike.

I could never understand why the Dems made such a big deal about a political burglary, but it was to destroy Nixon.

Nixon had successfully fought the Communists, especially the traitor Alger Hiss. The Dems, who have been Commies themselves for many years, had it in for them ever since Hiss was convicted in 1949-1950.

The book “Witness” by Whittaker Chambers details those years and how many Commies the Soviets had in DC in the Federal government starting in the mid 1930s. Many of these, Hiss included, became influential, and set the stage for the Cold War from 1946-1991.

The Dems are true enemies of America. This election MUST put them back into minority status.

Our future depends on it.


8 posted on 05/09/2014 7:33:19 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: Kaslin

Excellent article, well worth reading. Thanks.


9 posted on 05/09/2014 7:41:00 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: BeadCounter

The 1960 election should have been thoroughly investigated as well...What did the Mob do, and when did they do it? ;)


10 posted on 05/09/2014 7:44:34 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: Kaslin

Good article.


11 posted on 05/09/2014 7:45:28 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: Frank_2001
The 1960 election should have been thoroughly investigated as well...What did the Mob do, and when did they do it? ;)

I thought of that too. We have a risk of the Rats rewriting history. Already have, I know that.

12 posted on 05/09/2014 7:45:42 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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In fact, via my last post, I was reading up on Lee Harvey Oswald, impoverished he was, he took Marina to a maternity ward in New Orleans to give birth to one of their daughters. Oswald left, so he wouldn’t have to pay and said something like “The President’s father bought him the presidency and we can’t even afford to have a baby”. Oswald left the ward so to avoid paying and I guess the State or Charity would handle it.


13 posted on 05/09/2014 7:48:26 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: Jim Noble

I can see in 2050 somebody writing the same thing about Obama.....I hope that we improve over time but I don’t have much faith in that we will.


14 posted on 05/09/2014 7:50:18 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Governor Scott Walker 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: BeadCounter
I never knew this history, LBJ bugged Nixon via the FBI? And in ‘64, bugged Goldwater.

It's true.

I had a close friend, now passed, who was in the Oval Office when LBJ received a message stating that a Republican operative whose phone had been bugged (and knew it) had told a caller that he couldn't respond because his phone was bugged -- however, he was on his way to the airport and would call en route.

LBJ immediately phoned somebody at the FBI and instructed them to bug every phone booth between the RNC and Dulles (the airport where the Republican was headed). The phone booths at Dulles were already bugged...

15 posted on 05/09/2014 7:52:37 PM PDT by okie01
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To: Kaslin

Watergate was about one of Nixon’s staffers trying to get risqué pictures of his wife from the Democrats’ escort service. It was still in court a few years ago. Maybe it still is.


16 posted on 05/09/2014 7:57:00 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Kaslin

I had never heard that history re LBJ, but it sure fits.


17 posted on 05/09/2014 8:02:32 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The tree of liberty needs a rope.)
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To: Kaslin
The first shoe has dropped. The Democrats will not participate in the Committee's investigation.

In time, the second shoe will drop. The Administration will announce that they will not cooperate with the Committee and will refuse to respond to its subpoenas.

All of us should be aware that the Democrats will adopt a total stonewall as their defense.

Presumably, Gowdy (and Boehner) are aware of this possible course. What will be their reaction to it? What do you think it should be?

18 posted on 05/09/2014 8:06:07 PM PDT by okie01
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To: okie01

What are the possibilities? I’m sure they will do what they can do.


19 posted on 05/09/2014 8:17:08 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer seems to be working.)
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To: okie01

Boehner’s a doormat just as much as Trey Gowdy is a bulldog.

Trey will declare, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!!” while Boehner is crying & applying tanning cream.

Gowdy’s a Cinncinatus; he doesn’t regard a Congressional career as the highest of all goals, unlike the tanned Ohioan. If the GOP-E backstabs him, he’ll come back to South Carolina; we here have much that he can do for the cause of liberty.


20 posted on 05/09/2014 8:24:44 PM PDT by elcid1970
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