THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: The Failures of Nixon's Staff


THEY always lived in a bleak wonderland, captives of their own pinched myths, these White House men now in so much trouble.

Take three of their myths. We are proudly dull—and inaccessible—because we achieve so much, they told everybody. We work harder than anybody ever has in the White House, they said. We represent the real America out there, they declared.

What preposterous assumptions. Dullness does not produce competence. Beyond the shattering moral issues in the Watergate case is the revelation that the Haldeman-Ehrlichman-Colson-Dean staff operation was, for the most part, a tragic failure. Legislative achievements were almost zero. Congress and the...

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