Toward a critical point in last year's presidential race, a top diplomat and other Americans were killed at a consulate. We were told by the administration that the whole thing was the result of spontaneous anger over a YouTube video posted by some ignoramus who, ironically, was sent to prison on other matters within a few months of the incident. Of course it is now clear the attack was not a spontaneous reaction to a YouTube posting, but instead a well-planned attack by Islamic extremists.
But that wouldn't have gone down well with the public during the election. Of course, there was testimony before Congress that proved untrue, as well as statements by officials to the public that proved equally untrue, but still no Woodward and Bernstein on the case. To this day the whole event seems an evolving mystery and a potential politically driven cover-up.
And then there is the IRS focus on conservative-leaning "tea party" type organizations leading into the 2012 election season. At first it officially was "rogue IRS agents from Cincinnati" who were to blame. Now we know one of two political appointees to the IRS had a hand in the agency's actions.
But still no modern-day Washington Post/New York Times battle to get the scoop on potential misdeeds that might lead to the White House.
The fact is that virtually every post-Nixon presidency has been the potential target of an all-out attack by crack investigative journalists. But in most cases either the president was just too popular or the party label started with a "D."
The truth is we don't know if the incidents we have learned of in the past year rise to Nixonian levels.
The allegations and issues seem to be the same -- alleged cover-ups and abuse of power for political gain. The only difference is that the tape recorders have long been removed from the White House. Now they are aimed at average citizens instead.
So is "Nixon the One"? The only one? We likely will never know.
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