Watergate enraged certain people in all the wrong ways, and minor-league Nixon Administration factotums Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney were among the few twisted Tories who thought it was bad that Congress wrestled control of the nation from a paranoid dictatorial police-state Executive Branch. Instead of being jailed forever, these two ended up running Ford’s White House and infiltrating the Reagan and Bush 41 White Houses like a particularly awful anti-constitutional virus.
The man who wrote Ford’s infamous “our long national nightmare is over” speech, Robert T. Hartmann, was punished for his fence-mending ways by these unloved twin devils of the Ford Administration. Cheney launched his own secret speech-writing intelligence branch to undermine Hartmann, just like he would later launch shadow agencies against every other American political system. Our long national nightmare is still in full bloom!