For a Presidential Candidate Comparison to Nixon is Never Good

August 19th, 2015


When it comes to Richard Nixon, Republicans try their best to point out the positive whenever they can since history books will forever include the letter “R” by his name. On that front, it’s often noted in Republican circles that Nixon in his later years presented himself well as a public figure.

Even Democrats attempt on occasion to find some good in Nixon and strike comparisons. For instance, Barack Obama’s recent efforts (albeit fraught with controversy) to normalize relations with Iran and Cuba are positively compared in Democrat circles to Nixon’s foray into China.

Beyond that, it’s probably safe to say that any Nixon comparison shouldn’t be greeted enthusiastically by the subject of that correlation when seeking the top White House job.

Consequently, Hillary Clinton can’t be too pleased today.

Not only is she being compared to Nixon, but the strongest voice pointing out the similarities comes from none other than Bob Woodward, the former Washington Post reporter who broke the Watergate story that brought down Nixon’s presidency.

With respect to the Hillary Clinton email debacle Woodward notes, “You’ve got a massive amount of data. It, in a way, reminds me of the Nixon tapes: thousands of hours of secretly recorded conversations that Nixon thought were exclusively his.”

This is all bad for Hillary on several fronts. First, she’s running for President of the United States. Despite the fact that up until now she could announce she’s Vladimir Putin’s mistress and still get the votes of a certain segment of the population, it really can’t help her with most voters. The name of the game when you’re running for office is to add to your vote tally and not drive off support. On this score, the Nixon comparison can’t help.

Then there is the fact that this is all being investigated by lawyers in the Department of Justice and the FBI. As for the former, some skeptics could argue that as long as the Obama administration is in power, his Justice Department isn’t likely to take down his former Secretary of State. While there are career Justice Department officials who don’t care if there is a ham sandwich sitting in the Secretary’s office, there is still always the possibility that politics could play a role in what happens. Still, when the FBI is inspecting your server and it’s been found to have been cleaned and then it’s discovered that there is a backup somewhere . . . well . . . as “Professor” Harold Hill in The Music Man might say, “we’ve got trouble right here in Chappaqua.” Clearly, that’s not good. Many a public servant’s career has ended badly when FBI agents knocked on the door.

Then there is the fact that Hillary Clinton began her career out of Yale Law School working for the House Judiciary Committee investigating Richard Nixon over the Watergate affair. The irony of all of this must be especially troublesome to the very proud Mrs. Clinton.

There is one area where Nixon and Clinton can’t possibly be compared and that’s in the handling of their respective troubles. Historians note that Nixon attempted to publicly deflect the scandal by pointing to the media and others as the true source of his problems. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, he plotted to get even with and bring misery down on those he perceived as his enemies.

Clinton is somewhat different. While like Nixon, she points a lot of fingers at others including the media, she is publicly taking the “it’s really no big deal” approach.

She’s even taken to comedy (or at least her own brand of humor). One of her recent “jokes” goes like this: “[Y]ou may have seen that I recently launched a Snapchat account. I love it. I love it. These messages disappear all by themselves.”

Now that’s “Hillarious.”

The “joke” didn’t go over so well when she first told it. Neither did the one she told yesterday when upon being asked if she’d attempted to wipe her server clean she replied, “What, like with a cloth or something?”

The only “funny” thing in all of this is that her famous server evidently was housed in the bathroom closet of a loft apartment in Denver.

You really can’t make this stuff up.

Mrs. Clinton may want to try taking her comedy routine to the Benghazi hearings or at a future deposition because it isn’t playing well with voters who are now starting to pay attention.

As the American people know, the last thing we need in the White House is a comedian, particularly one who reminds so many people of Richard Nixon.