Matt Towery

When he sought political redemption and won the presidency in 1968, his campaign signs and banners bore an unusually "hip" theme for his party and that decade -- they declared, "Nixon's the One."

Well, that sure was understating things. He was the one ... and only. Or so we thought. For those who can't take their historically poisoned blinders off, let's be clear: Richard Nixon may have been a fatally flawed individual, but he was not a bad president. He managed to somehow end a Vietnam War and opened the door to China. And for those enamored with the subject, it was Nixon who finally kicked the door in with regard to integration and who created the first signs of affirmative action.

But even with what might now be labeled as "progressive" actions, such as creating the EPA, Nixon is despised by the Elite Media. Watergate, of course.

It's ironic that some 39 years after Nixon resigned from the presidency, the same names and issues are dominating the news.

In August of 1974, when Nixon resigned, The Washington Post had beaten its grand rival, The New York Times, as a result of the work of two journalists, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. Despite a daunting task of tying small facts together, chasing a trail of "non-denial denials" and going up against a presidential machine the likes of which we never thought we would see again, the two basically took down the Nixon administration -- greatly helped by the revelation of myriad Oval Office tapes substantiating a cover-up of misdeeds within Nixon's campaign and White House.

Now the Post has been sold for a bargain basement price, and its once print-dominant magazine relative, Newsweek, has been reduced to an electronic-only existence.

But we seem to be chasing the same stories, just with different names and circumstances. Ironically, it has been the same set of themes we have seen attached to virtually every presidency since Nixon. It is almost forgotten that just four presidencies later, a Democrat, Bill Clinton, was actually impeached. But that was, as the history books now recount, the result of an overzealous Republican-led House of Representatives -- there was no high crime or misdemeanor, at least so a democratically controlled Senate declared.

And Bill Clinton, unlike Nixon, never felt the intense drumbeat of an elite media calling for his removal from office or resignation. Clinton survived and actually flourished as his presidency came to an end.

That brings us to the question: "Is Nixon the One?" The only one to have seen a dedicated media establishment hunt him down until there was no place to hide? It seems likely.


Matt Towery

Matt Towery is a former National Republican legislator of the year and author of Powerchicks: How Women Will Dominate America.
 
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