Nixon’s Gracious Loss Paid Political Dividends

This one according to Joe Butterworth of The Arizona Republic.  Unlike Richard Nixon – whose concession to JFK in the very close 1960 Presidential race was indicative of his greater principles to put the nation first – (Al) Gore’s actions fuel the ugly, divisive politics we endure today.

Gore Should have Learned from Nixon, Buttworth writes. Read More.

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Mainstream Media Again Again Invokes “Nixon Era”

USA Today’s DeWayne Wickham decided to do what every journalist does when they lack the wide-breadth of knowledge to reference history; attack Richard Nixon.

This time, Wickham is trying to make a stark comparison between former White House Spokesman Scott McClellan and Nixon Counsel John W. Dean as heroic whistleblowers of a lurid scheme to destroy political opponents.

Wickhham states the following as fact:

We now know that Plame Wilson’s identity as a CIA undercover operative was leaked to reporters by at least two Bush administration officials, Libby and then-deputy secretary of State Richard Armitage. The Bush administration did so to undermine the credibility of her husband, Joseph Wilson, a former ambassador who was sent to Niger by the CIA to determine whether Saddam Hussein was trying to buy a nuclear weapons component from the African nation.

Wrong! It was in fact Bush critic Richard Armitage who was the unintentional leaker, and Libby’s dubious conviction wasn’t about the outing of Plame under the Espionage Act.

Wickham’s assessment is entirely theoretical and hopeful that the President and his political aids make a good tale of irony.

And now we hear from McClellan that Cheney duped him into telling other reporters that the White House didn’t have its hands in this matter. This trail of lies and deception has put Cheney on the same path that led to Nixon’s impeachment. And it may yet cause the vice president to tumble into the same political abyss.

A better tale of irony might be headlined like this: “Members of the Press Again Trying to Plunge Honorable Men in to the Political Abyss.

Wickham has more.

Featured Articles — November 27, 2007

Interesting  Takes form Home and Abroad:

The day after Annapolis — Dennis Ross
Will this Israeli-Palestinian conference be statecraft or stagecraft? The answer can only come in the period just after summit in Maryland.

No Lasting Peace — Ralph Peters
Short of intolerable carnage, there’s no durable solution to the Israeli-Palestinian problem. None. The best all parties can hope for is an occasional time-out.

Ideology Was Bush’s Undoing — Patrick Buchanan
Over lunch, a liberal friend expressed puzzlement. Citing the title of Tom Oliphant’s new book about the Bush administration, “Utter Incompetents,” he wondered aloud.

Tax Cuts Gain Relevance as Outlook Dims — Gerald Seib
So far, tax cuts have seemed largely a pro-forma campaign plank for Republican presidential candidates: Call for extending President Bush’s tax cuts, establish your Reaganite credentials, and move on.

The Rise of Family-Friendly Cities — Joel Kotkin
It’s lifestyle, not lattés, that our most productive workers want.

Global View — Bret Stephens
The price America will pay for Rice’s Syrian photo-op.

The Lowdown on Doomsday — Jonathan Adler
Why the public shrugs at global warming.

Politics Creates Odd Pair: Sanchez and Democrats — Jonathan Weisman
Ex-Iraq Commander Now Criticizing War

The Meltdown Of Hugo Chavez — Investors Business Daily Editorial
Latin America: Hugo Chavez’s reaction to being fired as mediator between Colombia and his narcoterrorist pals shows the evil game Venezuela’s dictator has played against his neighbor. It also signals trouble at home.
Peace parks and pipedreams — Dan Diker
Economic peace-making with the Palestinians can’t be driven by outside enthusiasm alone.

Editorial: Bush’s clarity — Jerusalem Post Editorial
President must call on Arabs to lead by example if they believe in peace.

The Ghost of Nixon Being Considered for CNN/Youtube Debate

This according to McCain blog. A tasteless debate question depicted by a caricature of Nixon’s ghost is being considered by moderators for Wednesday’s Youtube debate on the issue of limits on executive power.

Defaming a former President is hardly informative on what is already a childlish theme for a Presidential debate. Let’s hope CNN, or any network don’t make this a habit on the quest for the world’s most powerful and time-honored office.

Nixon Summed Up?

nixonphto.jpgChristopher Willcox of The New York Sun wrote today that Conrad Black’s new biography of Richard Nixon. Richard Nixon, “A Life in Full” is nothing short of “magnificent.”

Unlike Richard Reeves who believes that the press was far more fascinated with the 37th President than the people of he United States were, Black’s offers a more exemplary view:

Nixon was the people. He was the representative inhabitant of what Jack Kerouac called ‘the great unwashed body of America.’ He was laborious but effective, eloquent but not hypnotizing, cynical but compassionate and patriotic. He got where he did by climbing, falling, climbing again, and never ceasing to struggle.

Christopher has more

Featured Articles — November 26, 2007

Interesting Takes from Home and Abroad:

Obama Is Right on Iran — Shelby Steele
Talking with Tehran may help us wage the wars we need to fight.

John Fund on the Trail — John Fund
Michigan’s early primary is good news for George Romney’s son and Bill Clinton’s wife.

Growing Up Giuliani — Michael Isikoff
Rudy Giuliani was raised to understand that fine, blurry line between saint and sinner. The making of his moral code.

A New French Revolution — Fareed Zakaria
This could be the start of Europe’s biggest turnaround since Thatcher revived Britain.

His Own Boss — The Economist
Kevin Rudd’s resounding victory

The Annapolis summit — Washington Times Editorial
It would be hard to envision a more daunting political challenge than what the Bush administration has set out for itself: achieving progress at the Middle East peace conference which begins tomorrow in Annapolis

The Second Amendment Wedge — Jed Babbin
Hillary calls them, “kitchen table issues,” the political questions Americans take seriously enough to talk about them privately, in their homes, among family and friends.

Nothing old about it — Schmuey Boteach
Why Christians should retire the label ‘Old Testament.’

The Region: Inviting a bull into the china shop — Barry Rubin
Syria is working to undermine every US policy objective.

Purifying Conservatism with Heroics — George Will
In the 1920s and ’30s, the American left was driven by multiple factions furiously representing different flavors of socialism, each accusing the others of revisionism and deviationism. Leftists comforted themselves with the thought that “you can’t split rotten wood.”

Featured Articles — November 21, 2007

Featured Articles from Home and Abroad:

The Perils of Engagement — Jeff Robbins

The U.S. can’t prevent the Palestinians and their Arab backers from making poor choices.

Back to Normal? — Peter Wehner and Yuval Levin

Crime, drugs, welfare and other good news.

Big Board, Big Trouble — Kimberley A. Strassel
Charles Gasparino’s vivid account of the battle between Richard Grasso and Eliot Spitzer.

Instill hope for future. Support strong families — Mike Huckabee
America’s greatest generation hasn’t come and gone; I believe it is yet to be born. My vision for our country is for all Americans to share that optimism.

THANKS-giving — John McWhorter
You know how you can tell that we don’t truly think of Thanksgiving as being about thankfulness anymore? Which syllable most of us put the accent on.

Nixon 1968, Clinton 2008 — John Ellis
Not so long ago, electability was a one-way ticket to presidential primary election oblivion. The road was littered with “most electable” candidates. Their names were Scranton and Romney, Muskie and Humphrey, Bayh and Connally; to mention but a few.

Debating Iraq’s Transition — Thomas L. Friedman
Watching Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice making repeated trips to Israel to try to broker some kind of deal between Israelis and Palestinians, while Iraq remains politically unresolved, leaves me feeling like my house is burning down and the fire department has decided to stop along the way to get two cats out of a tree.

Iraq: What Went Right: Courage, Skill, and Exhaustion — Ralph Peters
THE situation in Iraq has im proved so rapidly that Democrats now shun the topic as thoroughly as they shun our troops when the cameras aren’t around.

A Singular Vision — Simon Tisdall
Vladimir Putin’s version of democracy is so much less trouble than the real thing. No wonder it’s fast becoming Russia’s biggest political export.

A powder keg in Lebanon — Milton Viorst
Deadlock over a new leader could set off a civil war and fuel Mideast volatility.