Wattenberg's column suggests that there will be some evil-doers or ingrates who will use the Iran- contra scandal to "delegitimize the past six years of the Reagan Presidency."
They won't have to work very hard because there has been very little legitimate about the Reagan presidency.
His Administration has been awash in scandal (investigations of Anne McGill Burford, Michael Deaver, Raymond J. Donovan, Edwin Meese, to name a few .)
His only "accomplishments" have been to cut school lunches, allow polluters to dump toxic waste freely, enrich the rich at the expense of the middle class, create a population of homeless, and bankrupt the federal government.
He has also raised political rhetoric to a new level of deception. By playing fast and loose with the facts every day since he took office, Reagan has made lying respectable.