For months the reporters had been picking up information suggesting that the Nixon forces had made routine use of provocateurs in demonstrations, and that such things had been planned for the conventions. But they had assumed that all bets were off after Watergate. Yet there had been an assault on the Doral Beach Hotel in Miami, and there was some evidence that there had been provocateurs in the crowd. Woodward remembered Deep Throat’s words four nights before: These are not very bright guys. Somehow the bungling seemed reassuring—it tempered the frightening implications of how far the Nixon forces were willing to go to achieve their ends.
– “All the President’s Men,” Bob Woodward & Carl Bernstein
I’m busy at an all-day seminar today, and I’m usually pretty fried when I’m done with those, so there probably won’t be a Trumpster Fire or any other posts today. If you’re looking to keep up with what the Trump administration has gotten up to, check here.
All the President’s Men has been a pretty good read so far. It’s a bit dry, written in a very straight-forward, “just the facts, ma’am” way, but compelling, particularly in these times. Reading it during the Trump years has been both unnerving and hopeful. Unnerving because of the similarities and the reminders of just how bad things can get while no one’s looking, and hopeful as you realize it just took a handful of stubborn reporters to put paid to Nixon’s criminal intrigues.
I highly recommend reading it if you haven’t before, and re-reading it if you have. The link to the right there is an Amazon affiliate link, so I’ll get a few pennies if you buy it that way. Any pennies garnered in this fashion will be put towards more books, no worries.