A reader writes to Andy Sullivan:
I am surprised that the Politerati, or DC’s chattering class, have not seen the parallels between Hillary Clinton and Richard Nixon. They both have brilliant strategic minds, suffer from extreme paranoia about the enemy of their agenda, and both are extremely secretive. Nixon had very high negatives, and re-launched his “brand” image in the 1968 campaign, just as Hillary is doing in 2007. In short, Hillary is Nixon in a dress, or more appropriately Nixon in a pant suit. We saw what happened the first time we entrusted the White House to a person with behavioral traits like this. Do we want to go through it again?
Methinks Sullivan’s reader made the same rhetorical mistake that war boosters make when they weigh the cost of leaving Iraq but not the cost of staying. Electing Nixon in a pantsuit sounds pretty scary until you realize that the alternative is Bush in a dress.
Seriously, Nixon? I can safely predict that this same writer used to nod gravely when Rush called her ‘Hitlery.” Bush Derangement Syndrome has nothing on Clinton Panic.