He Was a Crook

Nixon’s back in the news with more tapes–always more tapes–and fun-loving quotes that will continue to shape new generations of opinion toward him. Like this gem:

“There are times when abortions are necessary — I know that. . . . Suppose you have a black and a white, or a rape.”

When it comes to the Original Dick, though, I like to defer to the good Doctor, Hunter S. Thompson, for words. Such as:

If there were any such thing as true justice in this world, his rancid carcass would be somewhere down around Easter Island right now, in the belly of a hammerhead shark

If the right people had been in charge of Nixon’s funeral, his casket would have been launched into one of those open-sewage canals that empty into the ocean just south of Los Angeles. He was a swine of a man and a jabbering dupe of a president. Nixon was so crooked that he needed servants to help him screw his pants on every morning. Even his funeral was illegal. He was queer in the deepest way. His body should have been burned in a trash bin.

Pure beauty. God, I miss Thompson. But one quote that really sticks out, that gives some perspective, is this one from 2004 regarding the potential (re)-election of George Bush:

“Nixon was a professional politician, and I despised everything he stood for — but if he were running for president this year against the evil Bush-Cheney gang, I would happily vote for him.”


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