Matt Towery

But Haig never regretted it. "I had to let (the world) know we were in business ... that we had control of things here," he said years later. He was right. He knew that issues infinitely more important than his or anyone else's status or ego was at stake. And he acted by saying something that appeared self-serving, but was really high patriotism during a crisis.

Many years later, I got to know Haig. Am I ever glad I did. I used to kid him and call him the "38th president of the United States" for that month or so he essentially ran the Nixon White House. He just laughed.

I'll always remember Haig from when we gently floated on a boat down the Intercoastal Waterway on a warm Florida night, talking politics. It wasn't our only time together, but it was the most special. I can only pray that his spirit will gently continue that sweet voyage. He deserves it. My condolences to his lovely wife Pat and his family. He will be missed.

Matt Towery

Matt Towery is a pollster, attorney, businessman and former elected official. He served as campaign strategist for Congressional, Senate, and gubernatorial campaigns. His latest book is Newsvesting: Use News and Opinion to Grow Your Personal Wealth. Follow him on Twitter @MattTowery