Watergate and the White House Echo Chamber

Watergate tells us that running policy from the White House can be a recipe for disaster.
Richard Nixon's first inauguration in 1969.

The second big lesson of Watergate for future presidents is quite timely. It's what Dan Drezner blogged about yesterday: the hazards of centralizing policy making within the presidential branch. That's true, as Dan says, about using the National Security Council staff to run foreign policy, and it's true for domestic policy, too.

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