The Nation: The Price of Trusting Nixon

Of all the contests in the 1974 elections, the role of Watergate came into sharpest focus in those involving members of the House Judiciary Committee. Each member had either defended or assailed Richard Nixon and cast votes for or against his impeachment last summer as a national television audience looked on. While other considerations also affected each race, the overall pattern of results was significant. Of the 33 members seeking reelection, only one Congressman who voted in favor of at least one article of impeachment was defeated. Of the ten members (all Republicans)...

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