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  •  Darkest parts? No. (0+ / 0-)

    The secret tapes reveal the real Nixon, and no part is less hateful than any other.

    But Nixon cultivated a benign public facade, and saw political advantage in throwing a bone to the left occasionally - as seen in the quote above about Senator Moynihan (D-NY) and welfare.  

    Nixon was the first president who proclaimed himself a "pragmatist."  What "pragmatic" meant to him was that there was nothing Nixon wouldn't do to further his own ambitions: sometimes enacting progressive legislation, sometimes sending B-52s to wipe out farms and villages, sometimes ordering the FBI to wiretap his own speechwriters, sometimes throwing his Vice President or Chiefs of Staff to the wolves in an effort to save himself.

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