They're in San Clemente for the weekend; the president wants his men to figure out the strategy for the next step. First, Nixon and Haldeman talk, to be followed by a staff meeting the next day. Haldeman's diary shows them still flailing:
[Nixon] got into Watergate strategy. He wants to get our people to put out that foreign or Communist money came in in support of the demonstrations in the campaign, tie all the '72 demonstrations to McGovern and thus the Democrats as part of the peace movement. Broaden the investigation to include the peace movement and its leaders, McGovern and Teddy Kennedy. To what extent they were responsible for the demonstrations that led to the violence and disruption. We ran a clean campaign compared to their campaign of libel and slander, such as against [the president's friend Bebe] Rebozo, etc. Maybe let Evans and Novak put it out and then we'll be asked about t. Can say that we knew that the P ordered that it not be used under any circumstances. He thinks we should play a hard game on this whole thing regarding the Ervin investigation. Get our investigators going on the FBI investigation, investigating those in the Bureau who tapped Nixon. We should itemize all the disruptions such as the Century Plaza in San Francisco, the burnings, the Statue of Liberty, etc.
I suppose there's two ways of looking at this. One is that Nixon needed to blow off steam regularly; his various fixations, perhaps, weren't doing any harm. That is, it doesn't really matter if at every break in the case for the last eight months he invokes the idea that somehow exposing things that the Democrats have done would get them all off the hook, as if there wasn't a criminal investigation, trials, and now a dedicated Senate investigation that simply weren't going to go away whatever they might have discovered about the past.
The other way of looking at it is that each of these is a missed opportunity to clearly assess where they are and what their options are, and to devise a plan that could actually do them any good.