AMERICAN NOTES: First Principles

Yet another of President Nixon's Watergate men was sentenced to jail last week. This time it was handsome, affable Jeb Stuart Magruder, who was given a ten-month minimum prison term for his entanglement in the Watergate affair (see story page 14). In his statement to Judge John Sirica after sentencing, Magruder confessed that the scandal was beyond his comprehension. Said Magruder: "You cannot measure the impact on this Administration or on this nation of Watergate."

Not long ago, Sheldon S. Wolin, a professor of politics at Princeton University writing in the New York Review of Books, was wrestling with the same...

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