The real Richard Nixon emerges drip by disgusting drip.

24 06 2009

The latest batch of Nixon tapes came out today and they aren’t going to do anything for the former President’s reputation. From the NYT:

“There are times when an abortion is necessary. I know that. When you have a black and a white,” he told an aide, before adding, “Or a rape.”

Lovely. Just lovely.

While that sounds bad, things will only get worse for the former President. My old friend Stan Kutler sued to get access to all the Nixon tapes before Nixon was even dead. The Nixon Estate has been doing what they call in politics the “modified limited hangout.” In other words, they’ve been giving over small sections of the tapes of all of Nixon’s conversations for years in order to put off releasing the really embarrassing stuff. This latest disgusting comment is an indicator of the real Nixon that they didn’t want people to ever see.

It’s bad, but can you imagine what the last Nixon tapes ever released will sound like?


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