On Nixon and Watergate - A Theory
Let’s agree on two givens. The first, that Nixon was one of the most astute politicians of his era. The second, that Nixon knew from the start of
the 1972 campaign that he would win and win handily.
The 1972 Democratic nominee was Senator George McGovern of South Dakota. He was by far too nice a guy and too far to the left and too honest to ever
win a presidential election. So why did Nixon engage the White House Plumbers?
It all began in June, 1971, when the NYTimes and WPost began to publish exerts leaked from a 7,000 page report prepared by Pentagon researcher Daniel
Ellsberg. The Report included the real history of the Vietnam War. The Pentagon Papers documented the discrepancies [lies] between the facts as known
by the Pentagon - Department of Defense - and the public statements made by the DoD and the White House relative to the progress of the War, or the
lack thereof. The Attorney General on Nixon’s orders sought to prevent the further publication of leaks based on the claim of national security.
John Dean, White House counsel and Nixon's assistant, brought in former CIA employee G. [for George] Gordon Liddy, to head a team of “black bag”
operatives later known as the “White House Plumbers.” It was Liddy’s assignment to stop the leak! It was suspected that Ellsberg was the source
of the leaks. It was also known that Ellsberg had been seeing a psychiatrist. On Nixon’s orders, Liddy masterminded a break-in of the doctor’s
office and the copying of his file on Ellsberg. It was planned to use this personal information to either dissuade Ellsberg from further leaks or to
discredit him if that failed, by “leaking” this private material.
In October, 1971, the Unitarian Universalist Church’s printing house arm printed a summary based on the entire 7,000 pages and the Pentagon Papers
became a best seller with over 1 million copies sold. See link following. www.uuworld.org...
Fast forward to the late summer of 1972. The Committee to Re-elect the President (acronym CREEP) was pleased with the probable outcome in all the big
states. Nixon looked to be a shoo-in and to win in a landslide. But Nixon was not content. He carried a unrelenting memory of the 1960 race when JFK
had won by a narrow margin, less than one vote for each of the 110,000 precincts in America. Illinois had been the pivotal state and it was widely
believed that the first Mayor Daley had rigged the vote count in Chicago in favor of JFK, using money furnished by old Joe Kennedy, Jack’s father.
Conjecture. Looking for some “logical” reason why Nixon would feel any need to order more blackbag operations by Liddy, including the repeated
break-ins at Larry O’Brien’s Watergate Complex DNC chairman’s office. Note: there may have been other illegal operations but that trail was left
undisturbed when the link to Watergate and the Oval Office became apparent to investigators.
Resume. I am left with this suggestion. George Washington had carried every state in the nation’s first election of 1789. He was elected
unanimously. Nixon was poised to equal Washington’s unmatched record. How better to “slap” the voters for rejecting him in 1960, and to gain a
permanent place in history? After 1972, it would always be "Washington and Nixon!" To accomplish a feat even the 4 term president FDR could not
equal, if he, Nixon, could carry every state! To be elected unanimously. Note: DC was casting 3 electoral votes, but DC was never in play for the
Republicans. Besides, DC was not a state. As it turned out, Nixon carried all states except South Dakota and Massachusetts and the non-state, District
I assert it was Nixon’s motive to carry all 50 states that gave us Watergate. To be sure of an electoral sweep, Nixon needed to know what Larry
O’Brien knew and what O'Brien was planning for the Democrats. This and this alone - an unanimous electoral victory - is sufficient reason to
explain why a brilliant politician who knew he was winning, would risk everything and commit a crime, by operating a burglary ring out of the Oval
Office. All for an unnecessary wire tap on O’Brien’s phone. I rest my case.
[edit on 11/21/2006 by donwhite]