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  • Former Richard Nixon counsel says Trump’s Comey firing is like ‘accelerated’ Watergate

    05/10/2017 12:23:14 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 38 replies
    President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey looks like Watergate in fast-forward, says the Richard Nixon staffer who helped expose that scandal. “The White House just totally botched this,” John Dean, Nixon’s White House Counsel, told the Daily News Wednesday morning. “If this was not a strong-arm play to slow down the investigation, they certainly did make it look like one.” Dean described the whole situation as “Nixonian,” but said there was notable differences between this and Watergate. In particular, he noted, the pace of Trump’s drama seems “accelerated.” Even the Richard Nixon Presidential Library wanted to separate the...
  • United States et al. vs. Texas et al.: A Political Question for November

    07/01/2016 8:52:34 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 13 replies
    verdict.justia.com ^ | 7/1/2016 | John Dean
    In a nine-word per curiam decision, eight justices of the United States Supreme Court have revealed they are deadlocked in a 4 to 4 divide on the new immigration procedures of the Obama administration, with its executive decision to not deport the immigrant parents of children born in the United States (thus citizens) and give them legal status but less than citizenship in the process. The State of Texas, joined by 25 others states, filed a lawsuit to block this executive action, which affects between 4 and 5 million immigrants in the United States. The case was before the Supreme...
  • New Watergate book says John Dean ordered break-in

    05/19/2008 8:05:22 AM PDT · by tlb · 55 replies · 2,187+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 19, 2008 | Steve Holland
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A new book on the scandal that brought down President Richard Nixon alleges that White House counsel John Dean ordered the infamous Watergate break-in in 1972, a charge Dean strongly rejected. James Rosen, a Fox News Channel correspondent in Washington, made the charge based on interviews and an exhaustive review of documents for "The Strong Man: John Mitchell and the Secrets of Watergate." Dean called Rosen's assertion "pathetic." Rosen quoted from a 1990 interview from another central Watergate figure, Jeb Magruder, that "the first plan that we got had been initiated by Dean." To help build his...
  • End Republican Party Obstructionism: Follow the California Model [Barf Alert]

    03/10/2013 6:13:03 PM PDT · by feralcat · 17 replies
    Verdict ^ | March 8, 2013 | John Dean
    Republican obstructionism is once again controlling Washington. The GOP refuses to negotiate—other than on their own terms—regarding the “sequester crisis” with its thoughtless spending cuts, which have been imposed on the nation notwithstanding what will likely be a disastrous impact on our economy, if not a danger to our national security. At least the GOP is consistent. During the first four years of the Obama presidency, Republicans opposed everything, and after the 2010 mid-term election, when they regained control of the House of Representatives, this opposition turned into blanket obstructionism. Still, President Obama was overwhelmingly reelected and campaigned on adopting...
  • WATERGATE: Nixon Warned Grand Jury on Pentagon Spy Ring

    11/10/2011 9:20:39 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 23 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | November 10, 2011 | James Rosen
    Newly unsealed grand jury testimony by ex-President Richard Nixon shows he warned prosecutors and grand jurors not to probe an episode from 1971, when he discovered that the Joint Chiefs of Staff had been spying on him and national security adviser Henry Kissinger. “Don’t open that can of worms,” Nixon told his interrogators in June 1975, when he spent roughly eleven hours over two days’ time fielding – and sometimes deflecting – questions put to him by lawyers for the Watergate Special Prosecution Force and two grand jurors flown in from Washington. *** And he confided what his predecessor in...
  • John Dean Knows How to Get Rid of Clarence Thomas

    07/02/2011 10:33:50 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 102 replies
    Reader Supported News ^ | June 28, 2011 | John Dean
    For good reason, there has been serious hand-wringing over what to do about the ethical lapses of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. The fact that Supreme Court justices are exempt from the code of ethical conduct which applies to the rest of the federal judiciary; the problem of bringing a sitting justice before the Congress to question the conduct of a constitutional co-equal; the reality that justices cannot easily defend themselves against news media charges; the defiant, in-your-face posture of Thomas—the list goes on but it need not. There is clear precedent for how to deal with the justice....
  • Repealing the Seventeenth Amendment

    07/01/2010 9:14:54 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Capital Gains and Games ^ | June 3, 2010 | Bruce Bartlett
    The New York Times recently published two back-to-back articles (here and here) mocking members of the Tea Party Movement for supporting repeal of the 17th Amendment to the Constitution—the one that changed the election of US Senators from state legislatures to the popular vote system we have today. Having endorsed this idea myself on occasion, I am compelled to say that just because some crazy people endorse an idea doesn’t necessarily make the idea crazy. Following are links to some serious commentaries supporting a return to the original system of electing senators established by the Constitution.   George Mason Law...
  • Et tu, Brute...

    06/18/2009 9:31:01 AM PDT · by Taft in '52 · 15 replies · 1,096+ views
    The New Nixon ^ | June 18, 2009 | Bob Bostock
    Et tu, Brute… Shortly after becoming director of the Nixon Library in 2007, Dr. Timothy Naftali invited the nation’s press in to witness the removal of the Nixon Library’s Watergate exhibit. Declaring, “I can’t run a shrine,” he gleefully presided over the destruction of the exhibit, which resulted in numerous articles reporting that the “whitewash of Watergate” was over at the Nixon Library. Dr. Naftali went on to assert, “The challenge is to present a controversial, traumatic and important story in a fair and historically accurate way.” By any measure, he has failed his own definition of success. Two...
  • NAULTY: John Dean invitation a bad move [Nixon Derangement Syndrome alert]

    06/15/2009 2:40:52 PM PDT · by Fiji Hill · 38 replies · 1,574+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 15, 2009 | Susan Naulty
    Officials at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, Calif., have invited John Dean to speak there on the 37th anniversary of the Watergate break-in, slapping the faces not only of those sympathetic to the former president but, more important, history itself.
  • Come Back to 1600, Johnny Dean, Johnny Dean

    12/18/2008 9:33:43 AM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 6 replies · 921+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 18 December, 2008 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    I’m certain that all of you, being well-read folks, recognized the reference to the play that Robert Altman directed and then turned into a movie, “Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean.” That quirky play and movie involved a group of women reaching back to what their lives were like a generation before, when Jimmy Dean was alive and they created a fan club for him. Today, we need a return to Johnny Dean, not Jimmy. Remember Johnny? He was in all the papers. He even wrote a new book a few years ago to make...
  • Olbermann Pushes End to Partisanship—Then Proposes Impeachment

    05/29/2008 8:30:55 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 35 replies · 129+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Of all the people to call for a "truce" on excessive partisanship . . . Interviewing Scott McClellan tonight, Keith Olbermann sanctimoniously suggested that a "truce" on partisanship "would be nice." But speaking with John Dean just minutes later, the Countdown host—he who has repeatedly called President Bush a liar and a fascist—reverted to form and regretted that it might be too late to impeach him. SCOTT MCCLELLAN: [The 1988] election was very much a turning-point election. I think that George Bush, George Bush 41, George Herbert Walker Bush, is a decent individual, and a man who really believes in...
  • Footnote on a Political Classic: The Conscience of a Conservative by Barry Goldwater

    12/28/2007 12:43:40 PM PST · by imd102 · 40 replies · 137+ views
    Findlaw.com ^ | 12/28/07 | John Dean
    I am working on a book for publication next year (in April 2008, if all goes well) about the late Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona, who served for thirty years in the United States Senate and was the 1964 Republican Party presidential nominee. His son Barry Goldwater Jr., who is my longtime friend, and I discovered a lot of unpublished first-person material in the Senator's papers at the Arizona Historical Foundation as the archivists were completing the processing of his collection. Because we found this material remarkably revealing about the man and his thinking, we hope others might find it...
  • John Dean: From Nixon to Bush to Giuliani

    09/28/2007 12:59:35 PM PDT · by penowa · 23 replies · 122+ views
    The Nation Magazine ^ | 9/28/07 | John Wiener
    And how does Bush compare with the Republicans seeking to succeed him? "If a Rudy Giuliani were to be elected," Dean said, "he would go even farther than Cheney and Bush in their worst moments." What about the rest of the pack? "I'm very concerned about the current attitude in the Republican party," he said. "However there are candidates on the Republican side who are not quite as frightening as Giuliani." When I asked who he had in mind, he laughed and said "Ron Paul." He conceded that "there's no chance he's going to be president." Dean's new book is...
  • Olbermann Plays the 'Fascist' Card Again

    08/31/2006 6:48:15 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 52 replies · 1,576+ views
    by Mark Finkelstein August 31, 2006 - 21:35 Do you remember the scene in The Naked Gun where Leslie Nielsen, as police detective Frank Drebin, pretends to be a major league baseball umpire in order to be able to search the players to see who might be the assassin? The very first pitch is dead over the heart of the plate, but Frank hesitates before finally, timidly, calling 'strike.' The crowd roars in approval. Frank gets a taste for the positive feedback, and by the third strike is bellowing out his calls, making flamboyant hand gestures, even doing a moonwalk....
  • The Hard Right (John W. Dean unhinged)

    07/31/2006 3:16:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 34 replies · 2,276+ views
    The Perfidious NY Times ^ | July 30, 2006 | NICK GILLESPIE
    En route to getting shellacked by historic proportions in the 1964 presidential race, the Republican challenger, Senator Barry Goldwater, suffered through a smear job every bit as oversize and ugly as Lyndon B. Johnson’s gallbladder scar. Not the infamous “daisy ad” circulated by the Johnson campaign, in which a young girl innocently pulled the petals from a flower until a mushroom cloud filled the frame. While setting a new standard for negative campaigning, that TV commercial was at least rooted in Goldwater’s loose talk about using “low yield” atomic bombs in the escalating Vietnam War. The truly low blow came...
  • Wow! Did Prager just slap around John Dean, or what?

    07/26/2006 11:58:42 AM PDT · by Minn · 10 replies · 538+ views
    Minn | 7/26/2006 | Minn
    Way to go Dennis.
  • Nixon aide: Kerry not too swift (John Dean: '23% of America is Protofascist')

    07/23/2006 6:50:04 PM PDT · by new yorker 77 · 134 replies · 4,691+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | July 23, 2006 | Dave Wedge
    Sen. John Kerry’s 2004 presidential hopes were sunk when he buckled under to “authoritarian” conservatives hellbent on smearing his military record as part of a larger “proto-facist” movement, says a former top White House aide whose testimony helped sink Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal. John Dean, a Republican who served as Nixon’s top counsel, said Kerry slipped up during the 2004 campaign against President Bush by not suing the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth when they published a book calling into question the Bay State senator’s Vietnam service. “What most surprised me is that Kerry never did anything with...
  • Val, Joe: Time to Fold Em' When Even Larry O'Donnell Says Your Case 'Very Weak'

    07/13/2006 7:55:32 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 67 replies · 2,175+ views
    Countdown/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein July 13, 2006 - 22:45 Valerie? Joe? Are you listening? Let me offer some well-intentioned advice. When liberal Larry O'Donnell - he of the infamous anti-Swifty meltdown, goes on Keith Olbermann's Countdown and calls your lawsuit 'very weak' and even the Olber-meister won't ride to your defense, its time to fold your tent, toss in your hand, throw in the towel and quietly slink away. This has to go down as the bigggest busted flush of a lawsuit-cum-publicity stunt in recent memory. Let's put it this way. Zinedine Zidane would have a better shot suing Materrazi for...
  • Conservatives Without Conscience by John Dean (Need a Good Laugh?)

    07/12/2006 10:42:36 AM PDT · by new yorker 77 · 25 replies · 652+ views
    Amazon.com ^ | July 11, 2006
    Editorial Reviews From Publishers Weekly In his seventh book, Dean, the former Nixon legal counsel whom the FBI has called the "master manipulator" of the Watergate coverup, weighs in with a rebuke to Christian fundamentalists and other right-wing hard-liners. A self-described Goldwater conservative (indeed, Goldwater had planned to collaborate on this book before his death), he rails against the influence of social conservatives and neoconservatives within his party. Suffused with bitterness stemming from the controversies in which he has been embroiled, Dean's book paints a thin social science veneer over a litany of mostly ad hominem complaints. Purporting to...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 07-12-06 ("John Dean says that 23% of Americans are rightwing authoritarians")

    07/12/2006 8:10:29 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 151 replies · 1,867+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | July 12, 2006 | DUmmies and PJ-Comix
    The leftists are in such a funk with their string of electoral losses over the past few years that they are desperately searching for their political Holy Grail that will show them how to win again or at least explain why they are constantly losing. Thus we have a plethora of books such as by George Lackoff explaining that the real reason the Democrats keep losing is that they have lost control of the use of the language and need to "frame" the debates differently. This explains why we have constant yakety-yak lately about "framing." And now we have...