"And secret sources," reminds Woodward. It may be his book but Bernstein has the real nuggets, all through the interview:
"This is about lying, it's about the President and it's about the White House and, like it was about Haldeman and Erlichman, it's about Karl Rove. But it's ultimately about the President of the United States, his policies and whether he tells the truth." (I think Jon Stewart might have wept a little.)
Invoking the notion of this 'ideological war' he puts his finger on what is so unsettling about how the Mehlman-bots jumped unequivocally to Rove's defense with nary an admission that it might look bad:
"The other real difference in Washington today is that Nixon was ultimately pushed out of office by Republicans. Republicans today will not separate from their president on important issues, on issues of conscience. And that's a big difference."