I can't tell you how many times lately that someone has told me they believe that Obama will be impeached because of the many scandals that he is involved in or of the many ways that he has abused the Constitution. His chances of being impeached are slim to none and Slim left town. I say that because only Republicans are forced to leave office over high crimes and misdemeanors. Richard Nixon was forced out of office for trying to cover-up a two bit attempt at breaking into the Democratic headquarters in the Watergate office complex. A crime that he probably didn't know about but because of his paranoia about being politically embarrassed he ordered a cover-up of the crime. And yes he should have been impeached for what he did. I don't give a Republican politician a pass for wrongdoing. Although I was still a Democrat when I voted for Nixon in 1972 because I considered McGovern too far to the left. Now I want you to consider the fact that on November 7, 1972 Nixon won the fourth largest landslide in American history. He won every states electoral votes with the exception of Washington D.C. and the state of Massachusetts. Nixon won 60.7% of the popular vote and he won 18 million more popular votes than George McGovern. The largest margin of any election in American history. On August 8, 1974, less than two years later, faced with the possibility of impeachment and removal from office, over the Watergate scandal, Nixon resigned from office. How does a man who won an election of historic proportions fall from grace so quickly when we have had two Democratic presidents, who have made Nixon look like a choirboy, compared to Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, but they have survived scandal after scandal. In 1996 Bill Clinton won re-election with 49% of the popular vote. In 2012 Obama won re-election with 51.1% of the popular vote. Yet both of these presidents have survived, in my opinion, far more serious political scandals than Richard Nixon was involved in.
I think there are several reasons that Nixon went down but Clinton survived and Obama will ultimately survive.. Nixon's White House taping system recorded pretty much everything that was said in the Oval Office which would ultimately provide the smoking gun tape where Nixon could be heard ordering the C.I. A. to impede the F.B.I.'s investigation of the Watergate break-in. Taping in the Oval Office began as far back as Franklin Roosevelt but Nixon's system was ultimately his downfall. The Democrats were in control of both houses of Congress. This is important when you are talking about a possible impeachment and removal of a president when the presidents enemies are in control of Congress. This had a huge impact on Nixon's ultimate decision to resign rather than face the possibility of impeachment and removal. With Obama the Republicans only control the House. They could probably impeach him but removal would be highly improbable. Also the Republicans have shown much more integrity during political scandals involving Republicans than Democrats have shown during scandals involving Democrats. Democrats circle the wagons and defend their person to the bitter end regardless of how bad their person looks or what evidence is produced. This happens with very few exceptions. Republicans on the other hand will isolate the offending politician or ask them to resign if the evidence is overwhelming. This is what happened to Nixon. Barry Goldwater, who was the most respected Republican senator in the Senate went to Nixon and told him that he had lost the support of most of the Republicans in Congress. This visit had a huge impact on Nixon's decision to resign. Don't ever expect a ranking Democrat with the influence of a Goldwater to ever go to Obama and ask him to resign, regardless of how bad it gets for him.
Last but not least the media plays the most important role in changing public opinion. I think anyone that is fair will admit that the mainstream media, ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN, HEADLINE NEWS, NPR and most major newspapers and news magazines such as USA Today, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time, and Newsweek just to name a few, are simply extensions of the Democratic Party. When the Watergate break-in occurred in June of 1972 the news coverage wasn't as heavy as it would later become so Nixon's re-election chances were not affected. The Democratic mainstream media however, instigated by the bold investigative reporting of Woodward and Bernstein, who were reporters for the Washington Post, would eventually break the full implications of the Watergate scandal. This is the real scandal concerning the mainstream media. When a Republican is involved in scandal the media does it's job and perform investigative journalism. The scandal is front page news for days, weeks and months. When a Democrat is involved in scandal the scandals are ignored by the mainstream media or are under reported. It may be reported on Fox News or Conservative talk radio. Although Fox and Conservative talk radio reaches a lot of people, they do not reach the average person whose opinion can go a long way toward impacting a corrupt politicians chances of surviving a political scandal. I believe the American people will make the right decision when they are properly educated on a particular issue.
I will cite examples of how the mainstream media handles Democratic scandals. Clinton's relationship with Jennifer Flowers was broken by a grocery store tabloid. The Sixty Minutes producer on CBS admitted on tape that he helped the Clinton's weather the controversy surrounding Jennifer Flowers in a interview done right before the Super Bowl in 1992. Troopergate was broken by The American Spectator, a Conservative magazine. The story about the violent rape of Juanita Broderick by Bill Clinton in the late 1970's was held back by the major networks until the vote to remove Bill Clinton from office was over and he was safe from removal. The interview of Juanita Broderick by Lisa Myers on NBC would have been devastating for Clinton if the press had run the story earlier. The very next day after the story was released there was absolutely nothing more said about Juanita Broderick in the mainstream media. The story about John Edwards love child with a woman he had had an affair with while his wife was dying of cancer was broken by the National Enquirer and ignored by the mainstream media. Obama's mentor relationship with a notorious communist by the name of Frank Marshall Davis, while growing up in Hawaii, was ignored by the mainstream media when he ran for president. His relationship to left wing terrorist Bill Ayers was ignored by the media. His relationship to his radical pastor Jeremiah Wright in Chicago was ignored and under reported by the media. The many scandals of his administration like Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the I.R.S., Obamacare and the list goes on and on have been ignored or under reported. If the mainstream media would just do it's job like it did in the Watergate scandal and report the facts and let the chips fall where they may there is no way that a Bill Clinton or a Barack Obama could ever be elected. Or if elected remain in office.
The fact that the media only does it's job when Republicans are in office blatantly proves to me beyond a doubt that the news media is all about promoting its political ideology and nothing else. Last but not least, another reason Nixon was brought down so quickly after winning by such a wide margin in 1972 was that most communities back then did not have cable television. Nashville and Middle Tennessee only had four television stations then. Channel 8, which today is channel 2, the ABC affiliate. Channel 4, NBC and channel 5, CBS. Channel 2, which became channel 8 was PBS. WZTV Channel 17 didn't come along until 1976 and WUXP Channel 30 came along even later.Most of PBS programming back then if I remember right was primarily local. When the Watergate hearings began each network interrupted their normal programming, which was usually during the daytime when housewives and shift workers were a captive audience. Instead of watching their Soap Opera's they had to watch a Soap Opera of a different kind, the Watergate hearings. All newspapers and news magazines covered the Watergate Scandal daily and weekly. Commentators talked as if Watergate was the worst political scandal in the nations history and it was a constitutional crisis in their view. The men involved in the scandal like Haldeman, Erlichman, G. Gordon Liddy and many others were made to look not much better than Hitler's inner circle. Also Americans had fewer distractions back then to divert their attention from the news. There were no smart phones, social media, PC's or video games. And there was no Conservative media to turn to for an alternative opinion on the scandal to balance things out like we have today. No I hate to be the bearer of bad news to my Conservative friends but Obama will finish out his term barring unforseen circumstances like an assassination or a health problem. As long as Americans are served by such a pathetic mainstream media and Americans remain distracted by their electronic toys we will just continue to endure Obama.