The LuLac Edition #247, June 17th, 2007
PHOTO INDEX: PRESIDENT RICHARD M. NIXON AND A SHOT OF THE INFAMOUS WATERGATE COMPLEX.
WATERGATE AT 35
Thirty five years ago today, the Democratic headquarters in Washington, D.C. at the Watergate Hotel Complex were broken into by burglars. At first glance, it looked to be a small crime but it escalated into the forced resignation of a President. I had just graduated high school and was on my way to Washington, D.C. to attend school in early July. When I heard the news, I thought two things: 1. This was comical, even at that young age I had seen first hand how disorganized and cash poor all levels of the Democratic Party was. Having worked in the Humphrey Pennsylvania primary effort that spring, I was amused and amazed at how things ran in a major campaign. What could anyone want from these Democrats. 2. Number one all stated and said, I knew in my gut that this thinfg had all the earmarks of a major drama that had the potential to unfold historically if not immedtiately but somewhere down the road. In researching this edition on this anniversary, I came across the original newscast reported by Walter Cronkite on this news story. You can play it by clicking on the link at the end of this story. Something very striking about this report is the length of it, nearly 6 minutes. This is how broadcast news on the networks used to be, thorough and thoughtful. While we look at the break in through the rear view mirror 35 years later, it is also fascinating to compare the news reporting then and now. Here's that link from YOU TUBE, reported on June 19th, 1972 by Walter Cronkite. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I28mQEVJQso&mode=related&search.
NIPPED IN THE BUD?
Had a few comments on the last edition about the possibility of George "Nipper" Nowakowski running a write in campaign for Sheriff. Apparently this rumor has taken hold and there appears to be a plan to have his name written in given the ease the new voting machines allow for such actions. I was asked my opinion and on this and here are my thoughts:
1. Nipper has the political clout to get this accomplished. Even though he has lost every county wide election, the man has a solid block of support that will vote for him come hell or highwater.
2. If Nipper does this, he will get a good amount of votes from his base in the Pittston area to cause havoc. It won't be enough to win but it'll be significant.
3. It will be significant enough to pull enough votes away from Michael Savokinas and get Barry Stankus elected to a third term. Stankus' vote totals have decreased since his first election. Nothing he has done it's just that the Dems want to retain this office which used to be a "no brainer" for them. However, if Nipper goes with his write in effort, a Democratic recapture can be put in peril.
4. Dem Chair Mark Bufalino and his braintrust better have a sit down on this and see what can be done. Nipper has never made an electoral breakthrough with the party and this latest story is precisely the reason why. He has strength and can be a spoiler in this race.