If, as President Nixon argues, he did not know until late March how thoroughly Watergate had tainted his Administration, it was largely because he had deliberately kept himself so many removes from reality. Now, in spite of the lesson of Watergate, a year after the case broke Nixon remains unwilling to emerge from the cocoon of his own making. He never watches television news programs, let alone the Watergate hearingsthough he could argue that he cannot afford the time. Press reports are still passed up to him in summaries prepared by the White House staff.
Moreover, aides who are...