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Bob Woodward Does Not Vote For President

June 21, 2009

As a Richard Nixon buff I read all sorts of stuff about the former President, and the times in which he lived.  As such I ran across this nugget about one of the famed newspaper reporters of the last half of the 20th century.  Bob Woodward was essential to the story of Watergate, along with Carl Bernstein as they nosed their way to the story, and then reported it in the Washington Post.

I am however rather stunned to read that Bob Woodward has not cast a ballot for President since 1968!  I guess, though he does not address why, that it is so he can be more objective for his reporting on leaders from both sides of the aisle.    And yet….I do not think it necessary for objectivity to neuter ones responsibility at the polls.

But the biggest head-scratching moment comes when we learn that Woodward, despite all his moralizing about the reporter’s civic duty to expose the hidden workings of government, has not chosen to vote in a presidential election in over 40 years. And, the last time he entered the booth for that purpose, in 1968, he pulled the lever – for Richard Nixon.

  1. Ferrell Gummitt permalink
    June 22, 2009 1:02 PM

    As an Ex-Boss once told me, “If you vote then you have a right to complain or compliment.”

    I personally regret voting for Michael Dukakis in 1988.

  2. June 22, 2009 9:42 AM

    Maybe one should disenfranchise oneself after a mistake like casting a ballot for Nixon in 1968. There was little excuse for that (and certainly NO excuse for a Nixon vote in 1972), just as there was no excuse for a vote for GWBush in 2000 or 2004. Yet how many of the compromised and/or ignorant asses who voted for Bush had the integrity that Woodward showed by withdrawing from the fray, forever.

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