Protests over the killing of George Floyd have upended life in cities across the country. Does the unrest create political opening for the president as he heads into a reelection fight?
The Pulitzer Prize winner says that violent demonstrations tend to hurt incumbents, as evidenced by GOP losses in the 1970 midterms.
President Trump’s most effective path forward, not only to prevail in the impeachment proceedings but to end this ordeal and create a strong position from which to govern, is to follow the Clinton model rather than the Nixon path.
What happens when a presidential impeachment inquiry runs into a presidential election year? The United States in uncharted territory.
Virtually the entire Republican Party is in President Trump’s corner. But it’s good to remember that in the early days of Watergate it had seemed unlikely that Republican minds would change, either.
Elizabeth Holtzman, a former member of the Judiciary Committee that voted to impeach President Richard Nixon, warned Democrats in charge of making the case against Donald Trump need to learn some lessons from the past.
There are many things that can derail a political career. Being found in bed with “a dead girl or a live boy” (in the immortal phrasing of Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards) is one. Impeachment is usually considered another. Yet there was President Trump on Tuesday, telling reporters at the United Nations that impeachment will be “a positive for me in the election.”
“People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook,” said Nixon. “Well, I’m not a crook.”
If you want to live in the White House, first try the governor’s mansion. Seventeen times, a state governor has become president of the United States.
It was famously described by the White House press secretary as a “third-rate burglary,” but it brought down a presidency. On the night of June 17, 1972, five men were arrested for allegedly breaking into the Democratic National Committee headquarters in an office and hotel complex whose name has become synonymous with political scandal: the Watergate.Over the course of more than two years — driven by relentless digging by two young Washington Post reporters, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein; a tough-minded federal judge, John J. Sirica, and ultimately by a congressional investigation whose hearings riveted the nation — the break-in was linked to President Nixon’s reelection campaign, and the subsequent coverup traced to the Oval Office itself.Impeachment proceedings were begun by the House Judiciary Committee in July, 1974, and a few weeks later, his support in the Senate collapsing, Richard Nixon became the first president in American history to resign. (Jerry Adler for Yahoo News)Find more news-related pictures in our photo galleries, and follow us on Tumblr.
Barry Goldwater had had enough. The day before, after months of stonewalling, the Nixon White House had released a “smoking gun” tape revealing Richard Nixon had ordered a cover-up in the Watergate burglary. Two miserable years of White House denials had been rendered meaningless.
“Words are loaded pistols,” wrote Jean-Paul Sartre. “Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind,” Rudyard Kipling said. On social media, Trump supporters are increasingly emboldened to use words that are historically out of bounds – c***, and k***, n***** and variations thereof — doing so because they are not “just words,” but are weapons.
Chaos is gripping the GOP’s national convention. The surface similarities to the election that brought Richard Nixon to power in 1968 have resonated with commentators and even Donald Trump’s own campaign manager. But as Day 3 of the Republican National Convention begins in Cleveland, let’s put a persistent meme to bed once and for all: 2016 isn’t 1968.
“Taking humans to Mars would require an investment astronomically out of kilter with the possible benefits.”
“Can a Mars settlement be a freer society than we enjoy on Earth? Maybe.”
“What we learn...may spark the next revolution that will make life in 2071 beyond anything we can imagine right now.”
“Our presence on Mars could jeopardize one of our main reasons for being there — the search for life.”
“The future of geologic investigation of other worlds lies with highly improved versions of our Mars rovers.”