Thursday, December 04, 2008

Nixon: Now Newer Than Ever!

If you haven't sampled the latest releases in the Nixon tapes, take a look.

Here's one of my favorites, showing how Republicans have historically rejected identity politics and been a friend of African Americans at the same time:

[...] Nixon: Well if you’ve got a candidate, what we need there… Godammit Chuck, we haven’t got an Italian yet. I can’t find any…

Colson: Did Bob mention the [foreign adviser John] Scali idea to you? …Could be at the U.N.

Nixon: Instead of the black?

Colson: Instead of the black. Who the hell cares about the blacks? Scali would love the U.N. That would give you an Italian in the cabinet. At least it’s a thought. And he’s a legitimate Italian. A good Italian…

Nixon: You know, basically, we don’t owe the blacks a damn thing anyway.

Colson: Oh hell, no. As a matter of fact, I think it’s a bad signal to put a black in the Cabinet… The people that voted for us– (Laughs)

Nixon: …And after all, this pampering of blacks isn’t a good idea. I think you’ve got a good point there…

Colson: If we appoint a black in the cabinet in the second term and we didn’t have one in the first term, people are going to say, “My God, they’re moving–

Nixon: That’s right.
Awesome. To quote Bill Hicks' comment about "COPS," it's like a sore tooth I can't stop touching!

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