A good idea spawned by Watergate (At Week’s End)


August 19, 2016 - 12:00 AM

In 1972 during a happenstance conversation, Martha Mitchell told Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward she thought presidents should be elected for seven years with no chance for a second term. Her rationale was presidents then could better stay on task without the distraction of running for re-election.

The significance of the observance, in part, was that it came when Woodward and fellow reporter Carl Bernstein were digging into what would become known as Watergate, the catch word for a break-in and bugging of the National Democratic Party headquarters by operatives who later were indelibly linked to President Nixon.

Mitchell’s husband was John Mitchell, attorney general, and a close friend to Nixon as well as a target of the two investigative reporters.

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