June 2, 2005
Deep Throat, The End of an Era
With today's revelations, scooped in a Vanity Fair article, that Mark Felt was Deep Throat, the Watergate era seems to come to a close. (The New York Times covers the story of the story of the story.) Watergate was my initiation into politics. I was nine at the time of break-in. I had, and maybe still have...somewhere..., the Time magazine article from 1974 or so with a synopsis article and little headshots of all the main characters. I remember the resignation -- the drama, my naïve, moralistic elation that a big bad guy was getting his comeuppance. By the time I graduated from high school in 1981, I had read every Watergate book published up til then, at least every one that the Mount Airy, Maryland, library had, which was a lot. At the time, I thought Haldeman's was the best, Chuck Colson's the most informative but also the most nauseating. In the wake of everything since, it's hard to stay angry about Watergate, but I think it is the source of my eternal incredulity at the Republican-voting portion of the US populace: "How could you?!"