I’ve long thought it was too bad for Dick Nixon that his presidency predated the 24/7 “new” media, particularly politically conservative Fox News. If any scandal-plagued politician could’ve benefited from a second act, it was the 37th President of the United States Richard Milhous Nixon who because of the Watergate scandal became the only president to resign the office back on August 9, 1974. For years afterward, poor Dick worked tirelessly through memoir after memoir to rehab his tarnished image and reputation. How much easier it might’ve been to become an ‘elder statesman’ as a cable news talking head.
Jennings is a staunch conservative so the parameters she tilts against move left. But she should’ve picked better examples for the pity-party than “I’m not a crook“ Richard Nixon and global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company and financial services rating company Standard & Poor’s. The latter are among those unpopular corporate behemoths she complains aren’t getting any defense lawyer love these days.
But having read the chapter on Standard & Poor’s in Gretchen Morgenson’s “Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon,” excuse me for not feeling the love. Also see “Credit rating agencies and the subprime crisis“ and “The credibility and integrity of S&P’s ratings action.” As for McKinsey, “The firm that built the house of Enron,” ditto the sentiment.
Dactyl-connoisseur Dick Morris, for example, was an early contributor along with Iran-Contra’s Oliver North and trailed subsequently by a long list in no particular order of Newt Gingrich, Karl Rove, John Kasich, Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Michael Steele, and John Bolton.
So it’s hardly surprising to hear the news a few days ago that disgraced Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, the latter-day hiking discoverer of the Argentinian Appalachians has been named to the roster of right-wing talking heads at Fox News. Sanford eventually admitted to fibbing about hiking in the woods when he was otherwise occupied hooking up with his own Buenos Aires baby-doll.
But with self-exculpating philanderer because of “how passionately I felt about this country” Newt Gingrich now running for president, there’s still room on the commentating bench.
And while he might’ve once been “tanned, rested, and ready,” – - – short of exhumation, Nixon’s no longer available. So I wonder when Nevada’s “Disgraced Republican senator John Ensign” or convicted former House Speaker Tom DeLay will get tapped to opine on the career rehab news channel? It’s only a matter of time.