Noah pointed to Ben Stein's rant in the American Spectator, which commemorates the occasion with an accusation of genocide being foisted upon Woodward and Bernstein. A bit of a stretch to say the least, but a strong defense of Nixon anyway:
Can anyone even remember now what Nixon did that was so terrible? He ended the war in Vietnam, brought home the POW's, ended the war in the Mideast, opened relations with China, started the first nuclear weapons reduction treaty, saved Eretz Israel's life, started the Environmental Protection Administration. Does anyone remember what he did that was bad?A few years back, when I was a fairly rabid greeny, I decided to check and see who the wonderful soul was that gave the Enviros the tools required to litigate the government into compliance with things like the EPA (Environmental Protection Administration), NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) and the Clean Air Act. After hangin' with my buddy Google for a few days, I found myself pushing the refresh button over and over again, unable to believe that the man responsible for the current model of environmentalism (litigate, litigate litigate, etc.) was none other than their arch nemesis: Nixon. Stein continues:
Yeah, they all got problems, but you have to admit, there was an actual burglary executed by the Monopoly Man , which is some crazy shit, no matter if Nixon knew about it at the time or not. Not leaving well enough alone old Ben leaves swinging:
That is his legacy. He was a peacemaker. He was a lying, conniving, covering up peacemaker. He was not a lying, conniving drug addict like JFK, a lying, conniving war starter like LBJ, a lying, conniving seducer like Clinton -- a lying, conniving peacemaker. That is Nixon's kharma.
So, this is the great boast of the enemies of Richard Nixon, including Mark Felt: they made the conditions necessary for the Cambodian genocide. If there is such a thing as kharma, if there is such a thing as justice in this life of the next, Mark Felt has bought himself the worst future of any man on this earth. And Bob Woodward is right behind him, with Ben Bradlee bringing up the rear. Out of their smug arrogance and contempt, they hatched the worst nightmare imaginable: genocide. I hope they are happy now -- because their future looks pretty bleak to me.Hey, I'm down with a fresh look at things as much as the next guy, but "Mark Felt has bought himself the worst future of any man on earth"? Worst than Saddam? Ciaucescu? Timberlake? From here on out, I'll take what Ben has to say with a grain of salt... Make that a grain of asparin.