In 1960, Republicans heard the same sing-song from Richard Nixon. After he was defeated by John F. Kennedy, Nixon said he would never run for the presidency again. In 1968, Nixon won his place in the White House and American history. There are some political ironies associated with Nixon and current events.
Nixon gained national recognition when, as an investigator for the House Un-American Activities Committee, he broke the Alger Hiss spy case. In the middle of his second term, he resigned rather than face certain impeachment for his own Watergate spying on the Democratic Party. His Vice President, Spiro Agnew, wasn’t any saint either.
Agnew was elected Governor of Maryland in 1967 and found himself on the presidential ticket with Nixon in 1969. In the summer of 1973, he was investigated by Maryland’s U.S. State Attorney’s office on charges of tax fraud, bribery, kick-backs and conspiracy. At the time, it was thought Agnew used his influence to issue government contracts to developers and shipbuilders.
Murky waters of Baltimore shipyards are not too far from the muddy waters of New Jersey politics. Chris Christi can’t continue to play the “dumb” card and get away with it. If he is guilty of what he is accused of, for the sake of the GOP he should resign. Either way, he has tarnished the Party’s brand and opened the door of comparison to Nixon and Agnew.
You can bet lines in the sand are already being drawn by Paul Ryan, Rand Paul, Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney for the republican nomination. But Romney will come out the winner. He may already have a head start. In New Hampshire, Romney is already the republican front runner.
Romney was his own worst enemy. He allowed himself to be misled by his handlers. He was led to believe he would win if he appealed to the extreme right. He was deceived by his own party, contributors and close advisors. He became an appointed mouthpiece for their right-wing platform, self serving interest and propaganda; rather than trusting his own judgment and listening to the basics of his Mormon faith. Caught up in the time, he became a political yoyo. That won’t happen the second time around
Romney was too conservative for democrats and too liberal for republicans. One thing he should have done was taken credit for, not distance himself, from, his mandated affordable care insurance for every resident of Massachusetts. Instead, he criticized Obama for taking it nationally. The other thing he should have done was to be himself and not a political puppet for the tea party. I think he will run again.
David Farside is a Sparks resident and political activist.