You could make the case that Plamegate isn’t and won’t be Watergate, in that all the focus has been on the possibility that some of the President’s key people may go down, but you don’t really hear much speculation that the President himself could be dragged in.
But then there’s this: when Nixon left office, it’s pretty safe to say that he was running his White House. You don’t have to be partisan to posit that the same might not be quite as true for President Bush.
And then, what if Bush stays on, as we all expect he will, but the people who’ve been running the White House for him go home? Or at least, go elsewhere…?
Does that make it Watergate? Well, still, not exactly. I mean, it’s not the same thing as the President stepping down.
But it does make it Watergate-esque.
Speaking of which: could this have anything to do with why we haven’t seen much of the Vice President of late?



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    “You don’t have to be partisan to posit that the same might not be quite as true for President Bush.”
    Not quite as true, OK. But if you’re implying that it’s entirely untrue, I dunno. Yes, there’s plenty of evidence that Cheney has been more nearly a co-president than any previous veep; and there’s plenty of evidence that Bush has been substantially disengaged from policy details. But it’s also clear that George doesn’t just enjoy dressing up ‘n’ stuff; he also enjoys having absolute power. He likes giving orders. Cheney isn’t Bush’s brain any more than Rove is. (It’s also unclear to what extent Cheney’s cardiac health may be affecting his functioning.)
    On a vaguely related note, I’d been thinking that I didn’t really have a team in the World Series, and that it would be nice to see it go longer than four games; but it sure was gratifying to see ol’ Bar hanging her head last night.