IKE OR NIXON?….Harold Meyerson on whether war-weary Republicans will eventually embrace the conciliatory politics of Dwight Eisenhower or the scorched-earth politics of Richard Nixon:
The guy to watch in all this is the pooh-bah of Fox News, Roger Ailes. Nixon’s onetime aide guides a TV network that is Nixonian to its bones — Fox’s raison d’etre is to bash liberals, real or imagined. But Ailes can’t be insensible to the war’s effects on Republican electoral prospects. If Fox News were to break with Bush on Iraq, that would be proof positive that even the Nixonians believe there’s no way, politically, they can salvage this miserable war.