At first blush it seems almost absurd to compare Hillary Clinton and Richard Nixon.
But the former secretary of state and front-runner for the 2016 Democratic nomination for president has much more in common with the disgraced Republican president than you might think.
Oddly enough, Clinton even has a personal link to the infamous Watergate scandal that ended Nixon's presidency. She was on the staff of the House Judiciary Committee in 1974 as it conducted the impeachment inquiry of Nixon.
But in recent years, Hillary Clinton has been tearing pages out of Richard Nixon's playbook. Take the email scandal, for example.
One of the more troubling pieces of the Hillary Clinton email scandal is that Clinton herself decided which of the more than 60,000 messages were work-related. She deleted 30,000 of them, so there's no way to tell if any of them were in fact work-related, unless the FBI's technical experts can recover them from the server.
Nixon had his tapes, an automated system that recorded conversations in the Oval Office. Part of the Watergate scandal was an 18.5 minute gap in those tapes – erased by an unknown Nixon staffer.
"It's extraordinary – 60,000 emails and Hillary Clinton has said 30,000 of them, half, were personal and they were deleted. Who decided that? What's on those emails?" Washington Post Associate Editor Bob Woodward said in an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program in August.
Woodward and partner Carl Bernstein, of course, did most of the reporting on the Watergate scandal that eventually forced Nixon's resignation.
"It, in a way, reminds me of the Nixon tapes," Woodward continued. "Thousands of hours of secretly recorded conversations that Nixon thought were exclusively his, that he was not going to give them – Hillary Clinton initially took that position: 'I'm not turning this over. There's going to be no cooperation.'"