As the media are full of reports about Chris Christie, Bridget Anne Kelly and “Bridgegate”, my thoughts have been wandering back to the original “-gate” — Watergate.
So many scandals that stem from government related events end up with a shorthand name with the suffix “-gate.” Of course, the reference is to the infamous break-in to the Democratic National Committee headquarters ordered by President Richard Nixon as he was trying to win re-election in 1972, (remember CREEP?), and best memorialized by the book All the President’s Men. Ever since Nixon resigned in disgrace as a result of the Watergate break-ins, the list of events that have been dubbed with the ending “-gate” has become almost endless, including:
But as “Bridgegate” or, as some have suggested, “Bridgetgate”, percolates and subpoenas are being issued, I can’t help but think about John Dean and his role in the original Watergate scandal. There are definitely some similarities between his experience and those of Bridget Anne Kelly. How so? That’s what I’m pondering over at USA Today. You can read the rest of my column there!