Repeating History: Watergate Lawsuit is the blueprint for current suit by Dems against the GOP

The Dems sued the GOP for a million dollars re the Watergate break-in. The suit was settled and the GOP paid the Dems 750 thousand dollars on the same day that Nixon boarded that helicopter and waved goodbye as POTS for the last time:

History can and does repeat itself quite often in magical and mysterious ways....

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Comment by Ron Powell on April 22, 2018 at 4:46am

My understanding is that the Watergate filing was updated and repeated nearly verbatim in key components in this current rendition of a grievance filed in civil court by the Dems against the GOP....

Comment by koshersalaami on April 22, 2018 at 7:08am

I hope not too verbatim. I have this weird picture in my mind of G. Gordon Liddy getting a bill in the mail for this. 

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on April 22, 2018 at 10:36am

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Comment by Anna Herrington on April 22, 2018 at 11:47am

So... will Sanders team now bring lawsuit against the DNC for their meddling in the primaries?

(No, they won't, but had to add... or I'd be surprised, anyway, if Sanders okay-ed and made that kind of move.)

Comment by koshersalaami on April 22, 2018 at 12:18pm

I'd kind of like them to. If not now, as soon as the midterms are over. As a Democratic voter, those guys had no business meddling in who the party’s voters chose. 

Comment by Anna Herrington on April 22, 2018 at 12:28pm

I agree.

Comment by Ron Powell on April 22, 2018 at 2:08pm

There are statute of limitations issues to be considered. Also, they would have to choose a state, or staes, in which there is clear a, convincing , and conclusive evidence and proof of DNC meddling and manipulation.....

Finally it need not be Bernie Sanders' team that brings suit against theDNC.Amy and an army of aggrieved 3rd party voters may well have standing to sue....

It could be a means to bring about a desired end re deposit and usurping the current structure of the DNC and the Democratic Party. ...

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on April 22, 2018 at 2:37pm

Finally it need not be Bernie Sanders' team that brings suit against the DNC.Amy and an army of aggrieved 3rd party voters may well have standing to sue....

Been there, tried that...  a Reagan appointed Federal Judge (who clearly was afraid of setting a precedence which could comeback and bite his own party) dismissed the case because the plaintiffs did not have standing.  He went on to say that it was impossible to determine who would have standing to claim they had been defrauded by the DNC.

What he DIDN'T say was that the DNC was innocent or that they DIDN'T defraud the public.

BTW, this was the lawsuit where the DNC's defense was “The party has the freedom of association to decide how it’s gonna select its representatives to the convention and to the state party, even to define what constitutes evenhandedness and impartiality really would already drag the court well into a political question and a question of how the party runs its own affairs. The party could have favored a candidate. I’ll put it that way.”  In other words...  "we'll rig the fuck out of the primaries to elect whomever we damn well please and screw a whole bunch of "fair"."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/08/25/florida...

Comment by Ron Powell on April 22, 2018 at 3:42pm

Wrong court , wrong result....

The case can be taken to a different Federal District Court...

Perhaps in New York or California...

Comment by Maui Surfer on April 22, 2018 at 11:16pm

It is not ironic that both these cases have merit ... The Dems should get MASSIVE damages from the KKK, er Repubs ... then, a good amount of the settlement should go to Bernie's campaign. That said, rigging a party election is an American Tradition, colluding with our arch enemy of seventy years because he has videos of you taking a golden shower is quite another.

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