The Nation: Resignation: An Act of Statesmanship

In urging President Nixon to resign, Senator James Buckley neither denounced Nixon nor prejudged the President's role in the Watergate scandal. The New York Conservative based his call on a tough assessment of the probability that Nixon has already been so irreparably damaged by the affair that he cannot govern effectively. Excerpts:

The Watergate affair had its faint origin in what was itself a trivial and foolish incident. But from this minor incident, Watergate has expanded on a scale that has plunged our country into what historians call a "crisis of the regime." [This] is a disorder, a trauma, involving every tissue...

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