Day’s End and Night Watch

Afraid we didn’t have much in the way of news hooks today for talking about the Nixon Resignation. But those of us over a certain age certainly remember it. Like many folks, I attended a Watch Party to view Nixon’s televised speech hanging it up. And there were few who disputed Gerald Ford’s subsequent statement that Nixon’s resignation brought a “long national nightmare” to a close, though obviously different opinions were expressed about who was the haunter and who the haunted. It was enough for me that the man would not be haunting my television screen much any more.

Here are some remainders of the day, beginning with more bizarre news from the tangled world of 2012 Republican presidential politics:

* Wow. Tape emerges showing that Iowa state senator Kent Sorenson, whose alleged illegal compensation is at heart of Michele Bachmann’s ethics problems, was paid (or at least said he was paid) to switch from Bachmann to Paul shortly before Iowa Caucuses. And there’s more: then-Paul operative who allegedly knew of payments is now Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager, the guy who’s “holding my nose” to work for Mitch.

* Ironic: Some Blue Doggy Dems following Howard Dean’s lead in opposing IPAB (you know, the “death panel”).

* Revisionist history patrol: Ed Rollins calls Mitt Romney “our Dukakis.”

* At Ten Miles Square, Keith Humphreys argues that polls should routinely offer the optional answer: “Don’t care.”

* At College Guide, Richard Vedder offers Obama a real agenda for “shaking up higher education.”

And in non-political news:

* Uh-oh: study shows sleep deprivation creates craving for junk food. I resemble these results.

So here are two more Nixon-related songs to end the day. The first is alleged to have been inspired by Nixon: Stevie Wonder’s “Misstra Know-It-All:”

And then there is the far more direct “Impeach the President” by the Honey Drippers:


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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.