Ted Lowi, “Presidential Power”

Watergate had no real lessons! Just “don’t break the law, or don’t get caught”. Nothing else new.

The Watergate episode only manifests a prevalent view of the president as an absolute leader, an embodiment of America. Anything/one against the president is unAmerican and bad.

p. 188. “If these assumptions only barely approximate Nixon’s understanding of the presidency, then his actions, including his crimes, are entirely consistent and rational, quite possibly motivated by the highest sense of public interest.”

WHOA. One must change the system, rather than focus on the one criminal.

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