Put a “gate” on it: We’ve made every minor scandal equal to Nixon’s Constitutional crisis

Richard Nixon (Credit: Getty)

Russiagate. Bridgegate. Hairgate. Nipplegate.

Watergate gave us the lazy media habit of attaching “-gate” to even the most minor official wrongdoing, from Billygate, when Jimmy Carter’s hapless brother got himself hired to represent Libya, to the epic list of Clintonian gates, from Filegate and Travelgate to Pardongate and Troopergate, including, the now seemingly quaint, horny simplicity of Zippergate (or, to some, Monicagate).

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