John Dean in his own words debunks those who are howling about President Obama being the second coming of Richard Nixon. In their feverish, crazed state of scandalitis, anything that their delirium presents to them seems like reality.
Here's John Dean who intimately knew how Richard M. Nixon, when it came to being a crook, was in a class all by himself.
"John Dean, who served as White House counsel under the disgraced former president, said that anyone applying the Nixonian label to Obama is 'challenged in their understanding of history.'
There's no legitimate comparison, Dean argued, between the Internal Revenue Service's improper targeting of conservative groups, the Department of Justice's subpoena of Associated Press phone records or the investigation into the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya and the scandals that ultimately led to Nixon's undoing.
'There are no comparisons. They’re not comparable with any of the burgeoning scandals,' Dean told the Boston Globe.
Dean was present in the Oval Office when Nixon suggested using the IRS to target his foes."
The truth is that every president since Nixon — except possibly Gerald Ford — has been compared to Nixon at some point, according to The New Republic‘s Eric Kingsbury:
"Of course, most of these comparisons require a bit of historic amnesia. While Nixon used the IRS to intimidate and investigate his enemies, there’s no evidence that Obama had any clue about the agency’s wrongdoings. There also doesn’t seem to be any cover-up, since the story itself was uncovered by an Inspector General report that was slated to be made public this week. And it appears that the Justice Department broke its own binding regulations, but not necessarily the letter of the law, in secretly obtaining two months’ worth of Associated Press phone records. It’s troubling, just not quite Nixon territory."
Other recent presidents — notably George W. Bush — came much closer to Nixonland.
President Obama isn’t even in Iran-Contra territory, another Republican scandal the GOP often likes to invoke.
Notably, the only scandals those on the right can use as a reference point for a real administration-shaking crisis were all perpetrated by Republicans.