The Nation: To the Circus with the Organ Grinder

The moment was quintessential Sam Ervin. At the end of a morning's testimony by Nixon Campaign Aide Fred LaRue, Ervin leaned forward in his chair, his 76-year-old face a complexity of darting eyebrows, eyes intent but somehow distracted, and launched into a summary of what the Watergate hearings had taught him thus far. Haltingly, composing the phrases carefully in his mind, Ervin began in his broad Carolinian drawl: "Men upon whom for tune had smiled with beneficence and Who possessed great financial power, great political power and great governmental power, undertook to nullify...

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