Over at Commentary’s Contentions blog, J.G. Thayer spots “> Blog Archive >> The Death Of An Axiom” href=”http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/thayer/46352″>The Death Of An Axiom“:
One of the most lasting legacies of Watergate were these words of wisdom: “it’s not the crime, it’s the cover-up.” At the time of Watergate, it quickly became apparent that Richard Nixon was not directly involved in the most egregious offenses committed by his underlings, but when he learned what happened he helped orchestrate attempts to cover up and conceal it. It was for those actions, not some “second-rate burglary,” that Nixon was bound for impeachment before he resigned.
But it appears that Barack Obama is well on his way to erasing that decades-old rule.
He also links to this timeline at The Volokh Conspiracy, which notes, “Everything Fits Easily Except Obama’s Monday Denial.”