I wonder if Joe Biden remembers Richard Nixon.
To refresh your memory, Richard M. Nixon was a Navy Officer from California in World War II who was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1946 and to the U.S. Senate in 1950. Republican nominee for President Dwight D. Eisenhower picked Nixon to be his running mate in 1952 and they won. Prior to the 1956 campaign President Eisenhower asked his Vice President if he would like to run a Cabinet Department in the second term and Nixon replied no that he was happy doing what he was doing.
Four years later when Nixon was the Republican nominee for President, President Eisenhower was overheard to say that he didn’t know how Nixon planned to run the country as he had never run anything. Nixon lost the Presidency to John Kennedy with rumors that Chicago Mayor Richard Daley had stuffed the Illinois ballot boxes for Kennedy. Nixon conceded to Kennedy “for the good of the country”. Nixon ran for president again in 1968 and won and then won re-election in 1972 in a landslide. Earlier in June 1972 representatives of Nixon’s re-election campaign broke into the Democratic National Headquarters in the Watergate Complex in Washington, D.C. “Watergate” led to Nixon’s August 1974 resignation from the Presidency “for the good of the country”.
So the question of the day is “Does Joe Biden Remember Richard Nixon?” The short answer is “He should!” The election of 1972 was Biden’s successful initial run for Senate and Nixon’s landslide re-election as President. There are a couple of other comparisons worthy of note such as Nixon was in the Navy in World War II and finally left the Navy Reserve in 1966 while Biden had an education deferment in the Viet Nam era followed by being classified as unavailable for duty due to asthma. President Eisenhower’s comment about “had never run anything” also applies to Biden who has spent close to 50 years in the Senate and as Vice President (including as former Vice President).
To put the “had never run anything” comment in perspective, compare Wisconsin’s two U.S. Senators. Sen. Ron Johnson was a successful industrialist before becoming a politician and is a Senate Committee Chairman that is often seen and heard in the news. Sen. Tammy Baldwin is a career politician who is seldom seen or heard. Or, consider 3rd District Congressman Ron Kind who despite 24 years seniority, is also seldom seen or heard except at election time. Our Founding Fathers never pictured career politicians as the norm; but rather successful businessmen and community leaders who would spend a couple of years in service to their country as legislators or elected government executives and then return home.
Now we have Joe Biden sitting in his basement in Delaware thinking he is the President-elect and the Electoral College hasn’t even met yet! Texas has initiated a law suit against Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin citing the Equal Protection Clause and the mismanagement of the election in those four states and requesting the election results in those states be deemed invalid. Seventeen other states have now joined with Texas to include Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, Tennessee, and a dozen more. It is believed, that if this suit is successful, it will result in a second term for President Trump!
Until Election Day of 2020 the biggest challenge to our democracy in my lifetime was “Watergate” which was the burglary of a national political party headquarters by the opposing presidential campaign. Now, in 2020, we have all sorts of dubious behavior: election laws made by bureaucrats other than legislatures, allegations of stuffed ballot boxes, various states not following election law, dead people voting, and the list of questionable behavior goes on. Terms like cheating and stealing are heard. If Nixon twice bowed out “for the good of the country”, then I hope Joe Biden remembers Richard Nixon and concedes this election “for the good of the country”!
I hope this even more now that his son Hunter and his brother James are both being investigated by federal authorities!