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Why Anthony Weiner needs to call Chuck Colson and Jeb Stuart Magruder

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Rick Robinson
Author, Writ of Mandamus

As if Anthony Weiner didn’t have enough problems in his life.

Within hours of Weiner announcing his resignation from Congress, Keith Olbermann blathered that he may hire Weiner for a talk show on Current TV.

Current TV is the television network created by former Vice President Al Gore to compete with Fox News. To say that the network has struggled would be an understatement. The corporate goal for Current TV in July is to close their ratings gap with the Home Shopping Network.

Last week, Olbermann was on the talk circuit promoting his new show on Current TV. On Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Olbermann stated that he’d like to hire Anthony Weiner for the network’s 9:00 p.m. time slot.

It is ironic for Olbermann to say that he wants to be on the same network as Anthony Weiner. Olbermann has made a career by being the top wiener on television. However, if Weiner is interested in personal redemption, Olbermann is not the name he needs to pull up on his speed dial.

Operator — I’d like the phone numbers for Chuck Colson and Jeb Stuart Magruder, please.

The political scandal upon which all future ones were to be judged was Watergate. The break-in and ensuing cover-up sent men to jail and caused President Richard Nixon to resign. Two of the Watergate conspirators who went to jail were Chuck Colson and Jeb Stuart Magruder.

Chuck Colson was a special counsel to the president and the first member of the Nixon administration to go to jail following a guilty plea for obstruction of justice. Prior to going to jail, Colson was a ruthless political hack who was commonly referred to as Nixon’s personal hatchet man. He authorized Nixon’s “Enemies List” and was said to be willing to walk over his own grandmother to re-elect the president.

After leaving the White House (but prior to pleading guilty), Colson read Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis and converted to Christianity. Despite being blasted in the press at the time, Colson has lived his convictions since leaving prison. He started a jail ministry and became a noted lecturer on the topic of ethics. His views on religion and ethics are as unwavering as had been his actions on behalf of President Nixon.

Chuck Colson’s thoughts on Anthony Weiner were expressed in a column he posted recently: “I suppose if any good is to come from the Weiner episode, it may be that people can see where the me-centered, post-modern worldview leads us: To narcissism and to the therapist’s couch.”

Jeb Stuart Magruder left the Nixon While House to become deputy director of the Committee to Re-Elect the President (“CREEP”) and met with G. Gordon Liddy over the Watergate break-ins and other covert CREEP operations. Liddy and Magruder both followed Colson to jail.

Post jail, Magruder ended his involvement in politics, earned a Master of Divinity and became an ordained Presbyterian minister. Over the years, he has spoken openly on Watergate and the lessons that others could learn from his own mistakes. Magruder’s demeanor is softer than Colson’s.

Magruder’s stint as a Presbyterian minister included leading a church in Lexington, Kentucky. It was while Magruder was the head of that church that I had the opportunity to have lunch with one of the more infamous and controversial names in Watergate history.