Wednesday, January 24, 2001

Jesse Jackson and G. Gordon Liddy don't seem to have a lot in common. However, each in his own way is illustrating the huge importance of sexual blackmail in Washington politics. Ironically, Jackson was accused of tempering his complaints about the Florida election debacle due to pressure from Wall Street money backers, when the pressure really seems to be threat of disclosure. The threat apparently wasn't enough to keep him from screwing up the inauguration, so he was put out of commission for a key few days, only to spring back after the inauguration good as new. Liddy, on the other hand, is being sued for surmising that the Watergate break-in was connected to a Democrat-run call-girl ring operating out of the DNC offices in the Watergate Hotel. However nutty this theory may seem, it is a fact that no explanation has ever been given for Nixon getting involved in the harebrained scheme of ordering a break-in, with no plausible advantage and huge risk. Clinton's Presidency was wrecked by a sort of general fear of disclosure, culminating in the impeachment (just think what Clinton might have been able to do if he had been free of the 'bimbo erruptions' and Lewinsky). If there were any real journalists in Washington one of them could write a book about the recent history of sexual blackmail.