July 25, 2008
Like many stone liberals who suffered through those days, I often surprise myself by slipping into Nixon nostalgia. So does the veteran — and invaluable — journalist Robert Scheer. Here goes:
The Democrats scare me a little. Republicans scare me more because I don’t see any Eisenhowers or even Nixons in the ranks of the Republicans. The Republican Party has moved very far right, and people like Nixon would be considered flaming peacenik liberals by today’s standards.
After all, Nixon believed in a guaranteed annual income for everyone. Imagine if Clinton had done that instead of wiping out welfare. And Nixon believed in the Environmental Protection Agency. He did many sensible things. He did terrible things in escalating the war in Vietnam and Cambodia, but he broke the whole momentum of the Cold War by opening to China. By today’s standard there are no Republicans like that.
Posted by Jerome Doolittle at July 25, 2008 09:37 AM
sorry! just finished reading Nixonland. There should be no nostalgia for tricky dick. believe me.
thelrd in TEXAS
In Pennsylvania, we used to have "liberal Republicans." Specter, who's been contorting himself inside out to avoid being primaried from the right in recent years, is the last of them, and that's why the suburbs around Philadelphia have been turning blue (and in so doing, have become the bloc that prevents Republicans from winning any statewide elections).
I don't feel any nostalgia for Nixon, but I'm nostalgic about being able to choose between two viable candidates.