Monday, December 17, 2007

Enough Of Scandals Being Named After Watergate
I have an idea for a new tag-line

Ever notice how many scandals are given the "-gate" suffix reminiscent of Watergate (and how they're suppose to remind us all of the Nixon presidency)? Here're a few examples;

  • Filegate — The illegal possession and scrutiny of 300-900 FBI files by the Clinton Administration without the file's subject's permission.
  • Monicagate, Lewinskygate, Tailgate, Sexgate, or Zippergate — named after Monica Lewinsky who had an "inappropriate relationship" with the then-US President Bill Clinton.
  • Iggygate - a controversy involving talk show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres and a dog (named Iggy) she adopted through a pet adoption agency, only to give it to another family, violating the adoption agreement.
  • Nannygate — noncitizen domestic help for U.S. attorney general nominees. Also the name of a scandal involving former New York City Police Chief Bernard Kerik
  • Camillagate — tape of a telephone conversation between Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker-Bowles


  • My personal favorite -

  • Shot in the Face Gate — Alternate name given to the controversy surrounding Vice President Dick Cheney's shooting of Republican lawyer Harry Whittington during a quail-hunting trip in February 2006 and the suspected cover up.


  • Let's be honest... the Watergate burglary was a 3d-rate comedy of errors. Dick Nixon never had prior knowledge of it, but he did try to protect his people. That's where the cover-up came into play, and the downfall of his presidency.

    But if we REALLY want to give a proper tag to governmental corruption and scandals in general, how about we name them all after a REAL fraud perpetrated on the American people. And by a Democrat president and congress.

    I propose that all future scandals be named after The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. I can see it now...

  • The Gulf of Files
  • The Gulf of Monica
  • The Gulf of Iggy
  • The Gulf of Nanny
  • The Gulf of Camilla
  • The Gulf of Shot In The Face
  • 1 Comments:

    Blogger Arkanabar T'verrick Ilarsadin said...

    Vir,
    I like this one. It deserves wider application.

    5:04 PM  

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