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Ed Nixon; the Last to Know?

Ed Nixon, the last surviving brother of former U.S President Richard Nixon, sure found out about his brother’s resignation from the Presidency in an awkward way.

This is a statement Ed Nixon made in an interview on C-SPAN, according to Reliable Source (H/T: political wire)

“I didn’t really hear anything of this until I came down the mountain from the campsite and stopped in at a barbershop to get some hair cut off my head, and it was the talk of the town.”

In case you forgot, Sunday was the 35th anniversary of Nixon’s resignation from the Presidency in the wake of the Watergate Scandal.

Here is the famous televised address on the night of August 8, 1974 where Nixon announced he would resign the presidency.


Sarah Palin a Nixon Republican?

Sunday 2008 Republican vice Presidential Candidate and the now former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin resigned 17 months into her term as governor. Her lines attacking the media and those questioning Conservative (or in this day and age neo-conservative policies)made her sound like a bad cross between Dick Cheney and Cheney’s old mentor Richard Nixon, who in a speech of his own conceding the 1962 California Gubernatorial race gave his famous “You won’t have Old Nixon to kick around anymore” speech before a herd of reporters. Reports of her anger towards her critics also are consistent with the Nixon approach towards the press, politics, and governing.

But Ben Wyskida of Pinko Magazine, sees both similarities and contrasts between the Former Alaska Governor and the 35th U.S President.

Ahhhhh! It’s like how when I see Sarah Palin talk I want to spear my eyes out, but some Americans see a “maverick.” At least Nixon studied his policy. If he were alive today, I doubt that Nixon would tweet that “sealife near lush wet rainforests to energy housed under frozen tundra atop permafrost, God most creatively displays His diversity in AK,” tacitly implying the support of God for arctic drilling. In a way that makes Palin scarier — while Nixon was personally shy, and comparatively reticent about religion, Palin can be an outright zealot.

Like Nixon, Palin blames the media. “Stop making things up,” she told the gotcha press on Sunday. The biggest similarity though, is the willingness of Palin — like Nixon — to just say some shit. Let’s look at her speech. Objectively, Palin has achieved almost none of her core campaign objectives. How did she handle that? “Alaska: What I promised, we accomplished.” Oh! Great. Why are you quitting Sarah? “Isn’t it obvious?! A lame duck Governor can not serve their state.” That’s insane, of course — by that standard, 15 governors should resign, or never should run for re-election, but then they would be lame ducks in their first terms, so there shouldn’t even be Governors. Or something. It doesn’t make any sense. She loves to just say some shit.

In my post from July 4th, I wrote that Palin’s plan could work because the 2010 election presented an opportunity for her to roll out a killer stump speech, and go town to town to town (through “real America,” the towns that hate cosmopolitan liberals) campaigning for Republicans and attacking “elitist” Democrats while exploiting lingering race and class tensions



On this Date: Watergate

Forgot to mention that yesterday in 1972 a group of men who would become known as the Watergate Burglars were caught breaking into Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington DC. What was at first dismissed as a third rate burglary, would cause a cover-up at the highest levels of government and spark a constitutional crisis. Before it was over Americans would become even more disillusioned with thier government and a presidency would be brought to its knees.

This is a clip from the 1976 film “All the President’s Men”.

(H/T: Crooks and liars)


Still More About Watergate After All These Years

So the New York Times must feel like the collective fifth Beatle in the annals of journalistic and American History.

According to an ex-reporter for the New York Times it was he, and not the renowned and prestigious Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstien of the Washington Post who heard that there was administration and White House connections to the infamous June 16, 1972 burglary at Democratic National Committee headquarters and the subsequent cover-up that would become known as the Watergate scandal, that touched off a constitutional crisis, provoked a cover-up at the highest level of government, rattled the confidence of America in its government to its core, and ultimately led to the resignation of President Richard M Nixon in 1974.

Since breaking the story and connecting the various clues and players involved with “Deep throat” perhaps the most famous anonymous source in the history of journalism ( by the way Deep Throat’s identity was revealed in 2005 to be W. Mark Felt a Deputy Director of the FBI); both reporters have built solid careers in journalism, becoming celebrities of sorts. They both continue in journalism and have written a potpourri of books on current affairs, events and figures at the center of power in DC, and other subjects.

Here is the money quote from the New York Times Story on the matter. If this is true these words must manifest them in as a source of regret in the minds of Smith, the editor of the Times then, and the institution as a whole.

Former colleagues he interviewed said they never knew of the material, he said, leading him to guess that the fact that it came to nothing “was probably my fault.”

If his and Mr. Smith’s accounts are correct, The Times missed a chance to get the jump on the greatest story in a generation.

Yeah, alot of nostalgia for the future, wondering what could have been. It could have been Robert Smith and not Woodward and Bernstien who got the book deals, awards, and occasional television appearances; not to mention hit movie based on uncovering Watergate.

The Watergate break-in eventually forced a presidential resignation and turned two Washington Post reporters into pop-culture heroes. But almost 37 years after the break-in, two former New York Times journalists have stepped forward to say that The Times had the scandal nearly in its grasp before The Post did — and let it slip.

Robert M. Smith, a former Times reporter, says that two months after the burglary, over lunch at a Washington restaurant, the acting director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, L. Patrick Gray, disclosed explosive aspects of the case, including the culpability of the former attorney general, John Mitchell, and hinted at White House involvement.

Mr. Smith rushed back to The Times’s bureau in Washington to repeat the story to Robert H. Phelps, an editor there, who took notes and tape-recorded the conversation, according to both men. But then Mr. Smith had to hand off the story — he had quit The Times and was leaving town the next day to attend Yale Law School.

Mr. Smith kept the events to himself for more than three decades, but decided to go public after learning that Mr. Phelps planned to include it in his memoir.

According to the reporting of this, then Acting FBI Director L Patrick Gray revealed information about the illegal deeds of the Nixon administration and the burglary. Politico reports that Gray’s son also adds that his father met with a variety of reporters about the scandal. This sounds like Gray was eager to divulge this information if true, and maybe it was the FBI as an institution and not one rogue agent, acrimonious over not getting promoted to FBI Director following the death of J Edgar Hoover, and thus doing the right thing for the wrong reasons.


Richard Nixon and "All in the Family"

What do homosexuality, “All in the Family”, Socrates, and Ancient History have in common? Richard Nixon discusses all in a bigoted and naive yet hilarious way.(H/T: Andrew Sullivan, via WFMU).


G Gordon Liddy Trusts Gold; Yes The Watergate Burglar

And if a former Watergate burglar, guy who suggested the Nixon administration blow up the Brookings Institute, and who advised milta members to aim for the heads of ATF agents suggests it, how could I possibly resist? Guess Oliver North and Bernie Madoff were too busy.