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Monday, October 26, 2009

Obama's no Nixon

Posted By on Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 5:59 AM

It does take the cake, as John Brummett suggests, to have Republicans compare President Obama's push back against Fox News and other partisan message carriers as Nixonian.

Republicans tend to be good at this kind of thing, by which I mean adopting nomenclature or semantical trickery to misrepresent and trivialize history, often their unattractive own, to try to make Democrats’ actions seem sinister.

Why, Obama is as bad as we were — that’s the message.


The Obama White House wants to penetrate the consciousness of the mushy American political center with the idea that Fox and Limbaugh are out there, not altogether serious or accurate.

Most likely the tactic will fail, even backfire, partly because it’s not so smart to descend to grappling with the media and partly because Republicans probably will succeed in convincing people that openly calling out your critics is Nixonian.

It isn’t. Secretly dispatching the IRS or FBI on them is Nixonian.

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