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Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Deep (Throat) End of the Pool?

Who is Deep Throat? No, not that Deep Throat, this Deep Throat.

According to recent reports, the long awaited revelation of the name of the Nixon White House insider responsible for leaking the details of the Watergate scandal is about to take place. Evidently the real DT is terminally ill.

We already know a few things about DT:
1. DT is a man
2. DT is/was a smoker
3. DT was highly placed in the Nixon administration, almost definitely as a top member of the White House Staff.

CNN has a good roundup of possible suspects here.

Who do you think DT is? Current speculation seems to be focused on Chief Justice Rehnquist, who was a WH staffer during the Nixon years, working in the Attorney General's office, because of his thyroid cancer.

Taking bets now.... The winner (correct name and closest date of death) gets a featured link over here and of course, bragging rights!

16 Comments:

At Tuesday, February 08, 2005 12:21:00 PM, Blogger the Pirate said...

Ford, it was the only way he was ever going to be President. I mean come on he lost to Carter, Freakin Carter!

Serious guess to come later....

 
At Tuesday, February 08, 2005 12:21:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always thought it was Kissinger. CNN says there's little evidence and I have long since forgotten why I thought it was Kissinger but I have thought so for about 25 years now.

Justene at Calblog.

 
At Tuesday, February 08, 2005 12:26:00 PM, Blogger Caltechgirl said...

yeah, Kissinger looked pretty sick the last time I saw him on TV.

I like Ford, myself. Wouldn't that just be a riot? it could certainly explain why he pardoned Nixon (guilty conscience??)

 
At Tuesday, February 08, 2005 12:31:00 PM, Blogger The Puddle Pirate said...

I think it's Rehnquist.

 
At Tuesday, February 08, 2005 1:10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wouldn't Rehnquist have already been on the Supreme COurt when the leaks were happening? I suppose there's nothing technically wrong with that thought it feels unseemly. It just seems that, having moved over to the Court, he'd be walled off from info.

Justene

 
At Tuesday, February 08, 2005 1:35:00 PM, Blogger The Puddle Pirate said...

Oh, and as for date of death I'll go with June 15th.

 
At Tuesday, February 08, 2005 1:35:00 PM, Blogger Jay Solo said...

I was trying to figure out who was highly placed enough, yet currently that sick, since presumably a former official being that sick would attract some press (which is why it seems dangerous/silly to me to say "oh by the way, DT is terminally sick so stay tuned for news...), yet not someone we would hear about. Or, if it's de judge, hear about but not readily connect.

Intriguing theory.

I highly doubt it was Kissinger. Not the right type of person for it.

 
At Tuesday, February 08, 2005 9:59:00 PM, Blogger annika said...

Although he doesn't fit criteria two and three, i think a case can be made that deep throat in fact is the pope. He's been sick lately, he is a man, and everyone knows that the vatican has access to lots of secrets.

 
At Wednesday, February 09, 2005 2:10:00 PM, Blogger A Red Mind in a Blue State said...

I think he's just a compilation of half-made up stuff, rumors, etc, that turned out to be right. They'll wait until somebody with few friends/family left & then say--see! it was him!

Or not. I like Gergen, or the assistant counsel Fred Fielding.

 
At Wednesday, February 09, 2005 6:36:00 PM, Blogger DaneBramage said...

I think Renquist was appointed by Reagan. He's my guess too. A sense of right and wrong.

 
At Thursday, February 10, 2005 2:04:00 PM, Blogger Kenny said...

One possibility I never seen mentioned is that Deep Throat was just made up by Bernstein and Woodward. They certainly had some rumors and documents that they couldn't verify a la Dan Rather, so they make up an anonymous, supposedly credible source. Since this was the 1970's, before we had become cynical about journalists, they were able to pull this fast one on the public. Of course it helped that the rumors turned out to be true. If only Dan had been so lucky.

 
At Friday, February 11, 2005 6:48:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

bradlee and woodward will FALSELY claim that W MARK FELT was throat- and they will get away withit; the real throat died in 1977. felt is 91 and gravely ill and will probly die before june 1, 2005

kennnthomas

 
At Friday, February 11, 2005 9:11:00 PM, Anonymous stu said...

I don't know about his health but the best candidates would seem to be one of the Steins, either Ben or his father Herb. They lived next to Carl Bernstein when he and bBen were growing up. Herb was Nixon's cheif economic advisor and Ben was a speech writer. Ben has admitted to smoking, drinking, whoring, and using pot and his sense of humor would seem to make his a likely candidate to come up with the pseudomym "Deep Throat". His peculiar speaking tone might also make him a candidate. For the record, Stein denies being "Deep Throat"

 
At Friday, February 11, 2005 10:01:00 PM, Blogger Caltechgirl said...

Well, Herb Stein IS dead, and Ben seems to be OK. I saw him on some show or other recently, and he looked pretty well. Of course, I agree with you that he is definitely the tyoe who would choose the name "deep throat"

 
At Friday, February 11, 2005 11:23:00 PM, Blogger Kevin Aylward said...

If you ever read Silent Coup, you'd know it was Al Haig!

 
At Sunday, February 13, 2005 2:32:00 PM, Blogger Dave J said...

I'm betting on Rehnquist, too. FYI, danebramage, Nixon appointed him to the Court; Reagan elevated him to Chief. As for the timeline, was Asst. AG of the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, 1969-71, not a White House staffer, and a Justice ever since.

I like th idea of Ben Stein, but he's not sick. And while the Pope would be interesting, I'm not exactly sure how a Polish cardinal in the early 70's would've had access to this kind of stuff (although you never know).

 

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