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Jun 20 2012

Liddy Destroys an Irony Meter

You might want to hide the irony meter for this one. G. Gordon Liddy, the man who orchestrated the Nixon administration’s break in of the DNC headquarters at the Watergate hotel, says that the Obama administration is the most corrupt he’s seen.

Klein asked Liddy: “You lived through and in fact were a part of different presidential administrations. … Looking now at Barack Obama’s previous four years, have you ever seen a White House administration as corrupt as this one?”

“No,” replied Liddy. “It’s just astonishing. They can’t tell the truth to sell their souls. They came into office making all sorts of promises about being transparent and all the rest of it. And they just demonstrated that either they don’t know how or they [have deliberately] chosen not to be. But it’s very disappointing to the American electorate how these people failed to live up to their promises.”

Obama has indeed broken his promises on transparency, but that’s pretty much routine; the government always tries to hide its misdeeds from the voters, regardless of political party. How that supports the contention that Obama is the most corrupt president ever is beyond me. But the fact that G. Gordon Liddy, who was one of the most brazen criminals in what may well have really been the most corrupt administration ever (LBJ would give Nixon a run for his money, as would a few others) can make such a statement with a straight face tells you how utterly dishonest the man is.

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  1. 1
    slc1

    G. Gordon Liddy is the man who said that he would be willing to stand on a street corner and allow himself to be wasted if it was so ordered.

  2. 2
    Neil Rickert

    I looked up “Obama is the most corrupt president ever” in my wingnut translation dictionary, and it turns out that it means “Obama is black.”

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    busterggi

    Doggone, now I’m itching to dig up my copy of ‘G. Gordon Liddy – Agent of C.R.E.E.P.’ put out by the National Lampoon back around ’73.

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    Michael Heath

    Ed asserts:

    LBJ would give Nixon a run for his money, as would a few others

    I’m not an ardent student of LBJ and am very surprised LBJ’s presidency was corrupt to the point it’s both noteworthy and comparable to the Nixon Administration. I don’t recall encountering this claim.

    I am a student of the Nixon Adminstration and think we should define corruption prior to making our case. Certainly President Nixon’s administration acted in an audaciously corrupt manner to maintain and enhance their political standing. However I don’t find that comparable to the type of corruption which has the entire government working on behalf of some elected officials’ cronies; especially when it affects all of us.

    So from this perspective I would argue George W. Bush’s corruption blew Nixon out of the water. Particularly when it came to his energy policy, civil rights priorities coming out of the Justice Dept., federal government payouts to conservative Christian organizations, Bush’s protection of the House of Saud (effectively Saudi Arabia), and no-bid contracts servicing the military.

    A state-level example of hard-to-believe corruption which is also ongoing is how the Ambassador Bridge owner between Detroit and Canada is able to control the majority-Republican legislators in the Michigan Congress. Control to the point they’ll oppose a Republican governor.

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    dugglebogey

    I would think Liddy, being a lawyer, would be able to distinguish between an administration which has been “allegedly” corrupt, mostly by people with an agenda or an axe to grind, versus an administration that was “proven” to be corrupt, with several criminal convictions to its credit.

    But what do I know? I’m not a lawyer or a convicted felon.

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    Abby Normal

    They can’t tell the truth to sell their souls.

    Nice Freudian slip. Hey Liddy, most people want to save their soul, not sell it.

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    michaelhofer

    What’s all this I seem to recall about “if you have to tell a lie, tell a big one” and “a lie repeated often enough becomes truth”?

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    Area Man

    The irony is that, by most objective measures, the Obama administration is probably the least corrupt of any modern administration. It has been amazingly scandal free. Either they’re extremely good at hiding it, or there just aren’t any misdeeds going on. Either way, the evidence for corruption is close to nil.

    Of course the Right’s narrative on this, as with most everything else, is completely divorced from reality. It was simply baked-in from day one that they would ceaselessly accuse Obama of corruption no matter what.

    Once they’ve completely freed themselves from the bonds of reality, bringing in G. Gordon Liddy to be Obama’s accuser isn’t really such a big deal. Liddy’s scandalous history is held to the same standard of not mattering at all.

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    Area Man

    Another fun fact from Liddy’s Wiki page:

    In [his autobiography] he states that he once made plans with [Howard] Hunt to kill journalist Jack Anderson, based on a literal interpretation of a Nixon White House statement “we need to get rid of this Anderson guy”.

    Yeah, plotting to assassinate a journalist at the supposed behest of the President isn’t corrupt at all. Such a law-abiding man of integrity, that Gordon Liddy.

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    jayarrrr

    Nixon: ““we need to get rid of this Anderson guy”.”

    “Where’s Liddy going?”

    “I dunno, he was mumbling something about going home to get his gun…”

    Dude was batshit then and he’s still batshit.

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    D. C. Sessions

    It really doesn’t matter whether members of the “reality-based community” would find the Obama Administration corrupt. What matters is that well-known figures (and Liddy has great name recognition) say that it is. Because that creates reality.

  12. 12
    Modusoperandi

    But the Obama administration is corrupt. It’s not loyal to Nixon at all!

  13. 13
    cycleninja

    Area Man:

    Either they’re extremely good at hiding it, or there just aren’t any misdeeds going on.

    Well, we know they go after whistleblowers, that’s for sure.

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    Larry

    Perhaps Mr. Liddy would care to enumerate the many things in which Obama is corrupt. Specifically, identify any individuals or organizations that are profiting illegally from his presidency, list any individual or organization whose constitutionally guaranteed rights have been abrogated illegally, and list any high crimes and misdemeanors of which the President or his staff have been accused.

    Here, I’ll start him off:

    1) Being President while black
    2)

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    slc1

    Hey, Mr. Brayton is missing the latest from his favorite Congressional candidate, (not)Joe the (not)Plumber.

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/06/joe-the-plumber-blames-the-holocaust-on-gun-control/

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    Midnight Rambler

    Certainly President Nixon’s administration acted in an audaciously corrupt manner to maintain and enhance their political standing. However I don’t find that comparable to the type of corruption which has the entire government working on behalf of some elected officials’ cronies; especially when it affects all of us.

    Does the Vice-President taking bribes and kickbacks count? I would think it does…

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    Ingdigo Jump

    I thought Libby was too busy fighting Captain Planet to be involved in politics anymore

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