Author’s note: This article was first published by the Daily Caller in June 2017, when the Obama-Biden persecution of President Donald Trump, by means of the Mueller investigation, was in full swing. Since that time, the parties to the dispute have remained the same, as have their motives. The entire original article is here presented unchanged—only followed by a brief afterword which brings the reader up to date.
For half a lifetime, political radicals have been crossing a desert. Three decades ago, the collapse of communism and the destruction of the Berlin Wall turned them into orphans of history.
Today, the leftist core is in reach of a most improbable political victory. It’s been able to get there by reprising the events of 45 years ago in which the Washington establishment, led by news media, unseated a president.
Watergate was the real American insurgency—a hundred times more vital or lasting than any other movement of the time. No less an authority than Bill Clinton has said that it permanently changed the balance of forces in American public life, to the media’s advantage.
For many in the media, the sheer intoxication of that event is still a living thing. “Watergate lust” has created another outlet in the campaign against Trump’s presidency.
Commentators have already espoused the idea that the current crisis is Watergate-sized—or even bigger. Many more such proclamations are sure to come. They will be to historical truth as Kitsch is to art. Indeed, the short-order analyses do not even come up to Kitsch.
As a journalistic eye-witness to the real Watergate, this writer can attest that the comparison is false in an almost total degree. But a powerful human emotion is on the field, and not to be ignored. It is nostalgia—the sentiment of a mature man who could never get past being captain of his college football team.