Two part question, one-part poll (poll question relates to 1974);
If Nixon had done a mea culpa regarding Watergate, similar to what Reagan did when he took full responsibility over Iran-Contra, and given the political mindset of the country at that time, would the country and Congress have let him slide and avoid potential/likely impeachment? Or, were his crimes too bad to overlook?
Now, fast-forward to today and today's political climate. Suppose Nixon and Watergate happened today. How would Nixon be handled? Possible forgiveness, or no mercy?
I think he would have been forgiven in 1974, but nailed to the cross (so to speak) today. I think our's has always been a forgiving society if you just ask, but today and recent years has turned away from that.
Keep in mind that the questions are as much about changing (or not) societal political mindsets as they are about the specific events.
Note: I'm presently reading a book about Gerald Ford, hence all my Nixon and Ford threads of late.