Watergate is an office complex in Washington, D.C., overlooking the Potomac River. The Watergate Scandal was so named because political operatives for then-President Nixon broke into the Democratic National Committee offices located there, while Nixon and his staff tried to subsequently cover it up. The five burglars were convicted, and Nixon eventually abdicated the presidency.
“Climategate” is not about climate. The scandal is about divisive politics, how partisans will stoop to illegal and intimidatory means to propagate their value system, and how other partisans implicitly or explicitly support the theft and invasion of privacy.