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.

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.

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

Nixon Appointee Dies at 79

Nixon appointed judge and Connecticut Governor Thomas J. Meskill has died in a Florida hospital at the age of 79. Christopher Keating from Courant.com has the story about a man described as enormously courageous during his tenure in the Federal Judiciary.

After being named a federal judge by President Richard M. Nixon in one of his final acts in office, Meskill remained out of the spotlight and purposely avoided getting involved in politics while seated on the bench.

But in a rare joint appearance, Meskill spoke publicly in 1997 during a taping for Connecticut Public Television with then-Gov. John G. Rowland and former Gov. William A. O’Neill in a roundtable discussion about their toughest decisions and greatest accomplishments.

Meskill said his toughest decision was deciding not to run for re-election in 1975. Many believed that he did not run because of the public outcry over his failure to remain in the state during a major ice storm in December 1973, but Meskill rejected that widely held belief. Instead, he said the real reason he stepped down as governor was that he no longer wanted his five children – aged 2 to 13 – to be living in the governor’s mansion at 990 Prospect Avenue in Hartford’s West End.

“It’s a very unreal life for very young children to be brought to school by a state trooper,” Meskill said at the time. “I didn’t want to continue that lifestyle for them.” Continue Reading.