I started thinking quite a while back about reading Blind Ambition again by John Dean, having heard him wax long about our national political conscience on some late night Olbermann show. Being a college student in the seventies and remembering later buying and wearing a t-shirt that said “Don’t buy a book from a crook!” I’m a little perplexed at our homage to John Dean, even though he has jumped ship and gone to the other side.
So when I saw the National Archives folks had asked him to speak at the Richard Nixon Library, I thought if anything it was a bit tacky. Sorta like asking Ken Starr to speak at the Clinton Library. And I’m not sure what I think of John Dean, yet again he seems to be making a huge amount of money and getting a lot of attention for his past bad behavior.
Am I jealous of this “expert” or still jaded against this opportunist? I guess I’ll just have to read it again, maybe a few new books by him and see what the fuss is still about.