I Give You A Quick Juxtaposition For Your Comparison
I would offer as well that Nixon was malicious in exactly a proportion to what he believed as the good he could do, though of course that would mean his subjective view of it. But Nixon is our grand operatic villain among presidents for a reason: he did what he did because he thought these people were in his way of being great, and being great and being president was what he felt entitled to because he thought he'd do it better than anyone else, that he could bring a grand peace to the world and people would love him for it, and they would later read of Nixon as one reads of Roosevelt, whose scandals are utterly dwarfed by the good people associate with him; the warmth he inspires, no matter what we know he did.
That was what Nixon wanted, and he'd worked hard in the organization and dammit, those bastards got in his way. Those pretty little Johnny-Come-Latelies with rich fathers to make hurdles disappear.
And eventually, he became nothing anymore but his attempts to fend off what he'd come to perceive as a whole world that didn't know what it wanted.
And this reminds me of how Hillary feels when I watch her and look in those mad eyes. And make no mistake: if she's out this time, she'll be back next time, and if there's not already a Democrat in the White House, there will be. But I don't want the Democrats to have a real, honest-to-God Nixon.
But we want the Democrat to win and only a complete fool would run someone who could rally the conservative base like she could. The GOP want her to be the one: she's the one they've been saving their biggest guns for.
If you've seen Lawrence of Arabia, the Turks seem to have made a similar mistake in how they trained their own immovable guns.
"Eternity with Beelzebub, and all his hellish instruments of death, will be a picnic compared to five minutes with me and this pencil." - E. Blackadder, 1791 Questionable
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