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iconoclastNYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 10:55 PM
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What did the Angew resignation do to the Nixon admin?
Edited on Wed Jul-20-05 10:59 PM by iconoclastNYC
Did that mark the begining of the end? Did it beget Watergate like Rovegate may beget xgate?
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SimpleMan Donating Member (238 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 10:57 PM
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1. Different story altogether...
Agnew got caught cheating on his taxes. Nothing to do with Watergate that I know of.
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Pryderi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 10:57 PM
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2. No. Agnew and Watergate were unrelated. Agnew resigned for tax
fraud or something like it.
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DURHAM D Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 11:00 PM
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4. I think he took bribes from contractors while Governor.
Took a little while for it to catch up with him.

Also, something I had forgotten, it was rumored that his son was gay and Nixon WH was not looking forward to dealing with that issue.
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merbex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 10:58 PM
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3. I think it got more people to pause and pay a bit more attention
to the "third rate burglary"

But not much more
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iconoclastNYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 01:22 PM
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9. yeah that's what i was getting at.
one scandal makes the next easier to break i think.

troopergate,whitewater, paula jones.....then MONICA.....
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charlie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 11:05 PM
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5. No
His administration was already wounded before Agnew's disgrace. If I had to mark a Beginning of the End, I'd say it was Butterfield's inadvertant revelation that an Oval Office taping system existed, the tapes of which eventually confirmed John Dean's Senate testimony.
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daleo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 11:29 PM
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6. Agnew as president was unthinkable.
He had to be dispatched before Nixon could step aside or be impeached. That's how I see it anyway.
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H2O Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 02:01 PM
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10. Correct.
Neither democrats nor republicans would have moved to take Nixon out of office had Agnew stayed in. Those familiar with Woodward's works know that Mark Felt had told him long before the bribery issue came to light that the FBI had proof of the former governot taking an envelope full of cash, and putting it into his desk drawer. Woodward told a co-worker, who followed Agnew, that the VP was on the way out more than a year before it actually happened. (It had nothing to do with his son or other nonsense.)
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longship Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 11:34 PM
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7. Bribery as MD Governor.
They got him to plead nolo contendre to tax evasion.

Resignation happened in Oct, 1973. Nixon, under siege by Watergate, appointed a very uncontroversial Gerald Ford as Veep. It really had a profound effect on the rest of Nixon's Presidency. With a moderate Veep, the impeachment of Nixon could proceed apace, which is precisely what happened.
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iconoclastNYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 01:21 PM
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8. So then....
If Cheney is taken out somehow by medical reasons or by scandal we should expect Bush to nominate James Dobson as insurance right?

There's a thought.
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theboss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 02:03 PM
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11. Unrelated events
It was also a different era for VPs. They were just hatchet men and stand-ins at funerals back then. The office didn't actually start doing anything until Gore came along.
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