Craig Shirley: In Durable, Diehard Richard Nixon, People Saw Selves

Wednesday, 09 Jul 2014 03:50 PM

By Sean Piccoli

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President Richard Nixon is remembered not just for his fall from grace, but for his political toughness and willingness to press forward against long odds and hostile circumstances, the author of Newsmax magazine's July cover story, "Nixon, Revisited," tells Newsmax TV.

"There was something extraordinarily durable about Richard Nixon," Newsmax contributor Craig Shirley told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner on Wednesday.

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Shirley described Nixon as something of an outcast when he assumed the Oval Office in 1969.

Despite two terms as vice president under President Dwight Eisenhower, the Republican Nixon had also lost his two previous political campaigns — for president in 1960 and California governor in 1962. He had few political allies in establishment Washington or Congress.

But Nixon charted his own course on Vietnam and domestic policy through the great social turbulence of the era. He won re-election in 1972 as the the self-styled leader of America's "Silent Majority" before the Watergate scandal brought him down in 1974.

"And that's why we find him compelling even all these years later, after he resigned the presidency and, of course, died 20 years ago in 1994," said Shirley, president and CEO of Shirley & Banister Public Affairs.

"Many saw some of themselves in him . . . He didn't mind courting failure because he knew on the other side — he believed — was spectacular success."

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