After a landslide loss in the 1972 presidential election, the Democratic Party was resuscitated the following year by the Watergate scandal. The destruction of the Nixon presidency powered the
Watergate also birthed (or perhaps rebirthed) modern investigative journalism. A young generation of maverick reporters supposedly alone had challenged the establishment in order to uncover the whole truth about abuses of power by the Nixon administration.
Liberalism rode high during the Watergate era. It had demanded that civil liberties be protected from the illegal or unconstitutional overreach of the Nixon-era FBI, CIA and other agencies. Liberals alleged that out-of-control officials had spied on
All those legacies are now eroding. The
Liberal journalists apparently have few concerns that the FBI apparently used at least one secret informant to gather information about the 2016 Trump campaign. Nor are they much bothered that members of the Obama national security team unmasked the names of
Civil libertarians appear unconcerned that the
Few are upset that former CIA Director
The FBI cannot remain credible when its former director,
Why have the former guardians of civil liberties flipped in the near half-century since Watergate?
One, both the media and the liberal establishment believed that the outsider Trump represented an existential danger to themselves and the nation at large -- similar to the way operatives in the Nixon administration had felt about far-left presidential challenger
But this time around, liberals were not out of power as they were in 1972. Instead, they were the establishment. They held the reins of federal power under the Obama administration. And they chose to exercise it in a fashion similar to how Nixon's team had in 1972.
Second, pollsters and the media were convinced that
Three, those in the Obama administration, the Clinton campaign and the media formed an echo chamber. All convinced themselves that any means necessary to achieve the noble ends of precluding a Trump presidency were justified.
The danger of such groupthink continues; even now they are unaware of the impending bomb that is about to go off.
Public opinion has radically changed. A majority of Americans believe the Muller investigation is politically motivated, according to a
The inspector general's report on the FBI's handling of the Clinton email scandal is soon due. It will likely detail violations of ethics and laws among Obama administration officials and may include criminal referrals.
Already, a few liberals and former Clinton supporters are warning the left that it is on the wrong side of history and about to reverse the entire post-Watergate liberal tradition.
There is a reckoning on the horizon. It has nothing to do with