America needs a Democratic Richard Nixon
Sorry to be so obvious, but isn’t it clear that what the United States needs is a Democratic Richard M. Nixon?
No, not that one. We’ve had plenty of truth-bending, political dirty tricks and abuse of authority from both political parties over recent years.
I’m thinking of the “other” Nixon, the one who longed for a place in history and whose shrewd instinct for the political center produced: the Environmental Protection Agency; arms talks with the same Soviet Union he had built a career on denouncing; wage and price controls that violated every canon of his party’s philosophy; and, of course, the opening of relations with “Red” China.
Originally published: August 21, 2019
Author: Mitch Daniels
Institution: Purdue University
Published by: The Washington Post