Richard Nixon

How the GOP Destroyed its Moderates
October 05, 2012

Moderate Republicanism is not intellectually dead. So where is it?

From Radical to Right-Wing: The Legacy of Eugene Genovese
October 02, 2012

The famed historian, who died last month, began his career as a Marxist and finished it as a conservative Catholic.

Can the Chicago Teachers’ Strike Fix Democratic Education Reform?
September 14, 2012

When it comes to education, Democrats like Rahm Emanuel are as anti-union as Republicans. That's bad for teachers, and bad for students.

The Meaninglessness of Debates
September 14, 2012

Political analysts argue that the debates will decide the election. But in the past 50 years, they haven't flipped the outcome once.

National Review, Race, And Me
August 29, 2012

I answer National Review's absurd claim that it's Democrats (including me!), not Republicans, who have introduced race into the 2012 campaign.

Clash of the Archetypes
August 24, 2012

Never mind all that nostalgia for 2008. Campaign 2012 is the most compelling election in years.

Ah, Watergate!
June 20, 2012

"I AM AWARE," H. R. Haldeman writes, "that I there is a cult of people in this country who collect every scrap of information about Watergate because of its many fascinating mysteries." He's more than aware: his memoir. The Ends of Power, is a seething nest of almost every conceivable scrap of Watergate conspiracy theory developed to date. The Democratic Trap Theory, the CIA Trap Theory, the Blackmail Demand Theory: you name it, H. R. Bob buys it.

Why Rich People Don’t Pay Taxes
June 05, 2012

Bruce Bartlett has a great Economix column up today on the New York Times’s Web site noting that Republicans who get all exercised about the nearly half of all Americans who pay no income tax never want to talk about those among them with incomes above $200,000. Back in 1969, Bartlett notes, it was considered such a scandal that 155 Americans with incomes over $200,000 ($1.3 million in current dollars) paid no income tax that President Richard Nixon, a Republican, hastily submitted legislation imposing a minimum tax on high incomes.

Elizabeth Warren's Counterfeit Scandal
June 01, 2012

The hoariest cliché in Washington, “the cover-up is worse than the crime,” has never been true. It wasn’t even true during Watergate, which bequeathed this dubious homily. The only reason people said it then was because while it could be proved that Richard Nixon participated in the Watergate cover-up (it was on tape), it couldn’t be proved that Nixon ordered the initial break-in to the Democratic National Committee headquarters. Nixon’s role in the cover-up was certainly enough to justify Congress’s pressuring him to resign, as he eventually did. The cover-up was very, very bad.

Elizabeth Warren's Counterfeit Scandal
June 01, 2012

 The hoariest cliché in Washington, “the cover-up is worse than the crime,” has never been true. It wasn’t even true during Watergate, which bequeathed this dubious homily. The only reason people said it then was because while it could be proved that Richard Nixon participated in the Watergate cover-up (it was on tape), it couldn’t be proved that Nixon ordered the initial break-in to the Democratic National Committee headquarters. Nixon’s role in the cover-up was certainly enough to justify Congress’s pressuring him to resign, as he eventually did. The cover-up was very, very bad.

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