Obama’s new campaign talking point is to compare Mitt Romney to Richard Nixon in terms of secrecy.
The Board of Editors of The San Francisco Chronicle already has weighed in on the Nixonian quality of one of the presidential candidates:
The Obama White House’s restrictions on media access to its fundraising events makes a mockery of its claim to be the most transparent administration in history.
If anything, there is almost a Nixonian quality to the level of control, paranoia – and lack of credibility – this White House has demonstrated on the issue of media access to President Obama’s fundraisers.
Ruth Marcus of The Washington Post agreed with regard to Obama’s war on Fox News:
It makes the White House look childish and petty at best, and it has a distinct Nixonian — Agnewesque? — aroma at worst.
Ken Rudin of NPR made a similar comment, substituting “Nixonesque” for Nixonian:
Well, it’s not only aggressive, it’s almost Nixonesque. I mean, you think of what Nixon and Agnew did with their enemies list and their attacks on the media and certainly Vice President Agnew’s constant denunciation of the media. Of course, then it was a conservative president denouncing a liberal media, and of course, a lot of good liberals said, oh, that’s ridiculous. That’s an infringement on the freedom of press, and now you see a lot of liberals almost kind of applauding what the White House is doing to Fox News, which I think is distressing.
Related, from October 2009, A Clintonian Defense of Our Nixonian President:
We have seen this Nixonian tendency throughout Obama’s political career. Obama eliminated his state senate opponents through nominating petition challenges. He destroyed his U.S. Senate opponent by having his supporters gain access to divorce records (all the while claiming he didn’t think the records should be released). It is what John Kass of The Chicago Tribune calls the “Chicago Way.”….
There always seems to be an enemy against whom to campaign. Obama’s brief 10-month tenure has seen the permanent campaign shift to the drug companies, the insurance industry, Tea Party attendees, health care protesters, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, among others. If you oppose Obama’s policies and are willing to say so publicly, you will be demonized.
And Obama has not hesitated to use the threat of government regulatory power, much as Nixon used various government agencies as a coercive tool. During the campaign, a group of Missouri prosecutors aligned with the Obama campaign threatened prosecution against anyone who spread “lies” about Obama.
When the health care industry recently released a report claiming that Democratic proposals would raise insurance rates, the Department of Justice in conjunction with Congressional Democrats, announced an intention to examine whether to revoke a 60-year-old antitrust exemption for the insurance industry.
Everything about the history of Obama and this administration’s prior conduct culminated in the attempt to intimidate and isolate the only major news organization willing to take on this administration. Fox News was attacked because it has been the sole dissenting voice in the news media.
Since October 2009, it has become even worse, with Obama taking upon himself major legislative shifts through executive order, and rewarding political allies with federal funding of “green” jobs. The Department of Justice has become a political wing of the Obama campaign, refusing for clearly political reasons to defend legislation like DOMA it previously defended, and attacking attempts to prevent voter fraud by playing the race card, while the Attorney General gives political stump speeches to pro-Obama audiences.
Add in the suspicious invocation of Executive Privilege to shield documents regarding a program which killed a U.S. border guard, and right now Richard Nixon is looking pretty good compared to what we have.DONATE
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