• Smarty Striped Pants

    Posted on by John H. Taylor

    Nicholas Kristof sticks up for smart Presidents: Perhaps John Kennedy was the last president who was unapologetic about his intellect and about luring the best minds to his cabinet. More recently, we’ve had some smart and well-educated presidents who scrambled to hide it. Richard Nixon was a self-loathing intellectual, and Bill Clinton camouflaged a fulgent […]

    Posted in The New Nixon

  • 20 Years Ago: The Wind Of Change

    Posted on by Frank Gannon

    Twenty years ago today —9 November 1989— the German Democratic Republic finally read the writing on the wall (literally and figuratively) and announced that open travel would be permitted between East and West Berlin and East and West Germany. This was the beginning of the end — the implosion/disintegration/collapse of communism. Depending on how you […]

    Posted in The New Nixon

  • Prop. 8, Gay Marriage, And God's Blessing

    Posted on by John H. Taylor

    On Saturday, over 20,000 demonstrated against California’s Prop. 8. Melissa Etheridge says she’s keeping her $500,000 a year in state taxes now that her second-class citizenship has been affirmed. Protesters may be hoping to influence the courts that will rule on lawsuits claiming that Prop. 8, which amends the constitution to ban gay marriage, is […]

    Posted in The New Nixon

  • Rahm Emanuel Is The New Bob Haldeman

    Posted on by John H. Taylor

    FT.com: When he was chief of staff to Richard Nixon, H.R. Haldeman once said: “Every president needs a son of a bitch and I’m Nixon’s.” Rahm Emanuel, the pugnacious and occasionally foul-mouthed Democratic congressman from Illinois, can easily be imagined muttering something similar after accepting the same job from Barack Obama on Thursday.

    Posted in The New Nixon

  • "Ha" On Ron Howard

    Posted on by John H. Taylor

    The news flash is that “Frost/Nixon” director Ron Howard thinks he voted for President Nixon in 1972. At the same time, we learn either that he was an impatient voter or that he, New York Times interviewer Deborah Solomon, and the Times copy desk are all a little confused: Did you vote for Nixon in […]

    Posted in The New Nixon