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Is the Deep Throat Mystery About to Unravel?

In today’s LA Times, John Dean leaks the following juicy tidbit:

Bob Woodward, a reporter on the team that covered the Watergate story, has advised his executive editor at the Washington Post that Throat is ill. And Ben Bradlee, former executive editor of the Post and one of the few people to whom Woodward confided his source’s identity, has publicly acknowledged that he has written Throat’s obituary.

Since Woodward has long said he would reveal Deep Throat’s identity once he was dead, it naturally leads to the speculation — who’s feeling peckish these days? Pat Buchanan seems fine. So does Papa Bush. And it’s probably not Terrell Owens.

Rehnquist?

When President Richard Nixon was elected in 1968, Rehnquist returned to work in Washington. He served as Assistant Attorney General of the Office of Legal Counsel, from 1969 to 1971. In this role, he served as the chief lawyer to Attorney General John Mitchell. President Nixon mistakenly referred to him as “Renchburg” in several of the tapes of Oval Office conversations revealed during the Watergate investigations. Nixon nominated Rehnquist to replace John Marshall Harlan II on the Supreme Court upon Harlan’s retirement, and after being confirmed by the Senate by a 68-26 vote on December 10, 1971, Rehnquist took his seat as an Associate Justice on January 7, 1972. (Wickipedia)

Dean authored a book quite critical of Rehnquist. What a grand irony it would be if he’d written a book about Deep Throat without ever knowing it. And the notion that Nixon elevated the man who undid him to the Supreme Court is positively Shakespearean.

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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