New York magazine's June 26/July 9 cover story dreaming of a Trump impeachment, “How A Presidency Ends,” is by veteran liberal essayist Frank Rich, who worked at the New York Times for decades. The cover shows a “photo illustration” of Donald Trump in Richard Nixon’s outstretched-arms “V for Victory” pose. The inside headline counseled patience on the part of the magazine’s liberal readership: “Just Wait -- Watergate didn’t become Watergate overnight, either.”
To understand the literary elite's simplistic grasp of politics, look to whom they get their opinions from: Veteran political contributor Elizabeth Drew, a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books, explained the Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate for the Review's February issue under the headline: "The Republicans: Divided and Scary." And purist. And nativist. And racist....
Even forty years later, The Washington Post loves the opportunity to burnish its own Watergate legend. That scandal is somehow the Uber-Scandal of All Time And Space. This came in a Style-section front-pager on Thursday on Elizabeth Drew, who's barely been noticed since she was dumped by Tina Brown at The New Yorker twenty years ago.
Drew's Watergate diaries are being reissued, and Melinda Henneberger wrote "None of the current so-called scandals, as she sees them, can compare to Watergate, which was 'without precedent or successor.' But she isn’t so sure we’ve learned anything in the years since that would keep another 'totally out-of-control' president from trying to illegally undermine the adversaries that Nixon always made the mistake of seeing as enemies."