Can we please retire “Worse than Watergate”?
On Fox News Radio today Chairman of House Homeland Security Committee, Peter King (R-NY) called allegations that President Barack Obama leaked intelligence “worse than Watergate.”
You know what would be nice? If we stopped comparing every scandal to Watergate even if it really is worse. Because you know what else was worse than Watergate?
The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush, of course. Also, according to Arianna Huffington, Plamegate was worse than Watergate. Mother Jones says so, as well. (The Huffington Post, in fact, has no less than 5 columns with the headline: Mike Lux: “Worse Than Watergate,” Arianna Huffington: “Plamegate: Worse than Watergate,” Kelly Nicholls: “Far Worse Than Watergate: Report Reveals,” Robert Scheer: “Worse Than Watergate, Part II,” Stuart Sender: “Worse Than Watergate.”)
Karl Rove is worse than Watergate. Richard Nixon (who is also worse than Watergate) found the the Clinton scandals worse — ”They said it’s nothing like Watergate. I say it’s worse. ” Even a Democratic Watergate lawyer said so. Whitewater was much worse.
In 1994, Anthony Lewis of the New York Times wrote that Iran-Contra was worse than Watergate — Jimmy Carter concurred, claiming that it was “far worse.” Sheriff Joe Arpaio has a more specific equation to calculate this sort of thing, finding Obama’s non-existent birth certificate scandal is exactly “10 Times Worse Than Watergate.”
The 9-11 Commission? Worse (maybe).
The only thing we can deduce from all this is that Watergate wasn’t that terrible, apparently.