I think Winslow is saying that the Republicans’ battiness has always worked for him.. Personally, I don’t think the Republicans have come to their senses since Eisenhower elevated Nixon to the Vice Presidency after his secret campaign funds and glib comments about illegally using his senate expense fund otherwise..
Democrats called on Nixon to resign then in 1952 and the Washington Post joined the call.. Dewey, who lost to FDR and in the now infamous upset to Truman, had gotten Eisenhower to select “Tricky Dick”, but even then in 1952 suggested that he should use the speech he was planning to resign..
That was the chance for the Republicans to ‘return to their senses’ as Carmen suggests, instead Nixon responded with a perfect piece of political deflection in the “Checkers speech” and became Eisenhowers ‘hatchet man’ in an unprecedented expansion of the role of the Vice Presidency, especially against the Republicans own 1950s demagogue Senator Mccarthy..
This was the Republicans last best chance to return to their senses..
March 20, 2014
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