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By Rick Holmes
May 14, 2013 5:20 p.m.



rogers Watergatitis1As I explain in an editorial today (inspired in part by this letter), the “Benghazi is worse than Watergate” meme, besides being totally without logic, does a real disservice to Nixon’s hard-earned reputation for extra-constitutional abuse of power.

I’m more upset over going after the AP’s phone records than Benghazi, but even there comparisons to Nixon are a bit off the mark. Obama is going after government leakers with the Justice Department; Nixon hired his own army of  “plumbers.” To those whose only interest is partisan advantage, such distinctions make no difference. To those interested in the rule of law, they count.

 

 

 

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