Fifty years ago today, after being elected in a close race the year before, President Nixon faced the same disbelief and smugness by the same deep state and the media who today still can’t believe Trump won.
You remember the utter shock when Donald Trump won. The disbelief was incredible. And three years later, that same media and deep state just won’t let it go.
You might think this impeachment mess mirrors Nixon’s. It does not, and I don’t believe it ever will, because, unlike Nixon, Trump will never quit.
But getting back to 50-years ago today when Nixon was in the first year of his presidency. The President was embattled every step of the way, much like Trump is today.
Have voters abandoned Trump? Not from where I sit they haven’t. How do I know? Because I talk to them every day. And they’re not protesting in the streets and vandalizing storefronts. Why? Because they’re working.
When Nixon was reelected by a landslide in 1972, the “silent majority” wanted no part of a future guided by progressives. Led by George McGovern, they overplayed their hand. That same smugness and teacher-knows-best attitude guide Liz Warren. The “silent majority” will never let her win.
For more, read this great piece by Pat Buchanan in The American Conservative:
Ten days after the “silent majority” speech, Vice President Spiro Agnew, in Des Moines, launched an assault on the unholy matrimony of media power and liberal bias. Agnew questioned whether the networks’ near-monopoly over the primary source of information for the American people should be permanently ceded to so tiny and unrepresentative an elite.
All three networks carried Agnew’s speech live, but were rocked on their heels by the reaction. Scores of thousands of telegrams and letters poured into network offices and the White House, and the vast majority of them agreed with the vice president.
The liberal establishment had sustained a historic defeat.
By December, Nixon was the most admired man in America. His approval rating in the Gallup poll was 68 percent. Only 19 percent disapproved of how he was conducting his presidency. Dr. Billy Graham was the second-most admired man, and Agnew third.
Nor was this but a blip in the Nixon presidency. When three years later, Democrats nominated the most impassioned and articulate of their anti-war senators, George McGovern, Nixon crushed him in a 49-state landslide.
In Watergate, the establishment would get its pound of flesh for its rout by Nixon in November 1969 and its humiliation in November 1972. But that establishment would never recover what it lost—the respect and regard of the American people in the ’60s and early ’70s.
Read more here.
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