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On the shifting narrative of Nixon comparisons

On Tuesday, Jeff posted a video with clips of the current President of the United States Barack Obama using almost identical language to that of Richard Nixon to describe how each learned about scandals taking place under his watch, with both politicians claiming they had learned about them from news reports.

Today, while tidying my desk, I came across a note I had scribbled over four months ago:

Dem[ocrat]s want to define GOP by Nixon now/fear party being defined by Reagan — hence the silly line that Gipper couldn’t win in today’s GOP.

They’ve even got Bob Dole repeating that Democratic talking point (without providing any evidence to back it up).

If the Democrats continue to stonewall on the various scandals percolating around this administration, the media will have a tougher and tougher time making the age-old Nixon comparisons stick to the GOP.

NB:  I had scribbled the note on January 9, 2013, the one hundredth anniversary of Nixon’s birth.

UPDATE: Meant to include this screen capture from the Obama-friendly AOL:

Screen shot 2013-05-14 at 10.18.23 AM



  1. Bob Dole should have just faded away quietly into the background two decades ago.

    Just sayin’.

    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — May 31, 2013 @ 9:33 am - May 31, 2013

  2. Hey! Anyone been to the grocery store lately? It’s official, the cover of the Globe declares: “Obama worse than Nixon.”

    Comment by Lee — June 3, 2013 @ 12:01 pm - June 3, 2013

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