Sarah Palin: The New Nixon?

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Richard Nixon son-in-law and New York McCain campaign chair Ed Cox sees haunting parallels between Veep-To-Be Sarah Palin and Tricky Dick*. nixon-good-lord-you.jpeg

The secret of Nixon’s success? Near death experiences at the hands of foreign mobs!

“Eisenhower in 1952 was also old for a person to be elected president …He had this young senator from California named Richard Nixon. He sent him on an around-the-world trip. Because of his intellectual interest in it, and because of what he was, he was able to learn the way of the world very quickly.”

And it weren’t no book learnin.


*Somehow she’s also Fighting Harry.

New Fun From Founding Fathers

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Time to dust off those crumpled copies of the Constitution every old coot pol seems to carry in their pocket for all occasions, and read up.

Specifically, Article II and the 14th Amendment, the portions demanding that presidents be a “natural born citizen” and the mid 19th Century amendment, which may or may not have clarified this.

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A law prof has a new analysis on what this all means to Panama Canal Zone born John McCain. Gabriel J. Chin says Congress’s many attempts to change the status of Zonians since the 1930s can’t overcome the plain language of the Constitution.

“It’s preposterous that a technicality like this can make a difference in an advanced democracy …But this is the constitutional text that we have.”

This would leave McCain out of luck if anyone bothered to pay attention to The Founders except as it benefits grits.

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Let Him Come To Berlin

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Barack Obama continues his stroll with greatness, now planning to hype the Reagan and JFK comparisons to dizzy new heights by taking his act to Berlin.

Other pols have gotten some of that Platz Pizazz too. nixon-berlin-wall.jpg

berlin-executive-size-berlin-wall.JPG The Wall may be gone, but lives in voters of a certain age’s mental film archives. Combined with the incessant cable news dribble and drone about “iconic imagery,” he should have a good day.

And the expected Obama lovefest from Germany’s most left-wing city may resonate with those Americans who cringe at the image George W. Bush has projected abroad recently.

There’s a lot to overcome, even on the ground in Berlin. berlin-us-embassey.jpg The justly hated new American embassy is convenient to the Brandenburg Gate, so over time all the world can come to appreciate this really nice college dorm building.

Ambling Through History

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The timeless aura of Plain Speakin’ & Brisk Walking Harry Truman claims another victim.

The 2008 campaign has already featured John Mccain wistfully recalling halcyon days when Truman strolled the capitol, accompanied by a single Secret Service agent.

Barack Obama has topped that on a visit to the Independence shrine, imagining Truman did it with no security.

“The thing that I envy most about Truman was that when he was in the White House, he could go out and take a walk. He could put on that fedora and take a stroll, without someone following him”

Obama had better watch his back. While he hit the Truman Memorial Building, and Truman’s home, Obama skipped the Truman Library, making the Library Board Chairman all huffy.

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Nico Never Wavers

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia claims to be an “Originalist” in court decisions, but he likes his history predictable, if wrong.

Defending his 2000 Florida recount cutoff, Scalia goes with a classic, offering the legend of a noble Richard Nixon putting country above self, declining to challenge the disputed 1960 election.

“Richard Nixon, when he lost to [John F.] Kennedy thought that the election had been stolen in Chicago, which was very likely true with the system at the time,…But he did not even think about bringing a court challenge. That was his prerogative. So you know if you don’t like it, don’t blame it on me…I didn’t bring it into the courts. Mr Gore brought it into the courts.”

Others aren’t so sure about silent, selfless, sixties Nixon.

“Three days after the election, party Chairman Sen. Thruston Morton launched bids for recounts and investigations in 11 states—an action that Democratic Sen. Henry Jackson attacked as a “fishing expedition.” Eight days later, close Nixon aides, including Bob Finch and Len Hall, sent agents to conduct “field checks” in eight of those states. Peter Flanigan, another aide, encouraged the creation of a Nixon Recount Committee in Chicago. All the while, everyone claimed that Nixon knew nothing of these efforts—an implausible assertion that could only have been designed to help Nixon dodge the dreaded “sore loser” label.”