The Secret Plot to Make Ted Kennedy President: Inside the Real Watergate Conspiracy

The Secret Plot to Make Ted Kennedy President: Inside the Real Watergate Conspiracy

by Geoff Shepard, Jim Bond
     
 

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It didn’t take long for Kennedy Democrats to smell blood in the water after the Watergate break-in – and to take steps to turn it to their political advantage. They realized that a third-rate burglary could be made into the scandal of the century – to cripple the GOP, stem the conservative tide, and change the course of history.

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It didn’t take long for Kennedy Democrats to smell blood in the water after the Watergate break-in – and to take steps to turn it to their political advantage. They realized that a third-rate burglary could be made into the scandal of the century – to cripple the GOP, stem the conservative tide, and change the course of history.

If this sounds far-fetched, consider evidence presented by former White House attorney Geoff Shepard that challenges the conventional wisdom about Watergate. Drawing primarily on long-buried documents from the National Archives, Shepard has built a convincing case that Kennedy Democrats conspired to exploit and expand the scandal, with the goal of putting Ted Kennedy in the White House in 1976.

Shepard argues that the abuses of power by Kennedy’s cronies dwarf those of the administration they savaged. Among those he singles out for reevaluation are Republican turncoat John Dean, FBI insider Mark “Deep Throat” Felt, Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward, and a young lawyer for the House Judiciary Committee named Hillary Rodham.

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A Nixon White House staffer revisits Watergate and deems it principally "a highly partisan political maneuver led by, and for the benefit of, Teddy Kennedy."Watergate's real author, Shepard argues, was John Dean, who set up the Nixon re-election campaign's intelligence operation, hiring G. Gordon Liddy, who broke into DNC headquarters. Dean also orchestrated the coverup without informing his superiors and, when threatened with exposure, switched sides, joining the "Camelot conspiracy," a not-so-loose confederation of Kennedy family partisans scattered throughout the media, government and academia. These "Kennedy Clan Democrats," Shepard insists, hijacked the investigation of genuine Watergate crimes-misdeeds career Justice Department lawyers had already uncovered and were preparing to prosecute-for the political purpose of crippling Nixon and restoring themselves to power. In their zeal they obstructed justice, abused attorney-client privilege and violated equal protection and due process, practically inventing "the politics of personal destruction." Relying on the vast Watergate literature and especially on his own research-a generous appendix features many incriminating documents culled from the National Archives-Shepard easily persuades readers of Dean's smarminess, of the enduring friendships and political ties among many of the Nixon antagonists-e.g., Chief Senate Counsel Sam Dash with Judge John Sirica, Dean defense counsel Charles Shaffer with the numerous Kennedy Justice Department hires on the Watergate special-prosecution force-and of the highly questionable tactics employed to manipulate the case. He has a harder time convincing us that a feeding frenzy among like-mindedbarracudas necessarily constitutes a "plot." If more than 30 years on we are unsurprised to learn that a special prosecutor may easily abuse his power, that neither the press nor the university may reliably be seen as repositories of truth and that the criminalization of political differences bodes ill for the republic, we have the Watergate investigation at least in part to thank. Contains a number of intriguing, new details that diminish the standing of those who drove Nixon from office. Agent: Dan Strone/Trident Media

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423360643
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
06/17/2008
Edition description:
Unabridged, 8 CDs, 9 hours
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

Geoff Shepard worked in the Nixon White House for more than five years, first as a White House fellow, then as a senior member of the Domestic Council staff. After leaving the Ford administration in 1975, he spent the next thirty years as a corporate lawyer, primarily in the insurance industry. He lives with his family near Philedelphia.

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