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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Still Tricky After All These Years

Julian Sanchez of Reason Hit & Run reports:

The ACLU has a full page ad in the New York Times today comparing President Bush to Richard Nixon and calling for a congressional investigation into the NSA wiretap program.

My first thought was: well, there they go, bashing poor Mr. Nixon. It'll be fun to see all the Nixon apologists (Gordon Liddy, Ben Stein, etc.) coming out of the woodwork again.

My favorite example of Nixon apologism gone over the deep end comes from the late seventies and involves a conservative commentator I generally like, James J. Kilpatrick. Dismayed over the Carters' populist informality, Kilpatrick growled, "at least Nixon preserved the dignity of the office."

Strange, I thought; apparently in Kilpatrick's world, authorizing illegal surveillance was not as grievous a transgression as being seen padding barefoot around the Oval Office...

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