Dick & Don
“The similarities between Nixon and Trump leap off the page like crickets.
“There is, first and most superficially, their nonpresidential looks . . . . More substantively, there’s the matter of their Old Testament fury at the news media. (‘The press is the enemy,’ Nixon told his aides. ‘Write that on the blackboard 100 times and never forget it.’)
“What else? Their thin skin. Their skyscraping paranoia. Their cavernous memory for slights.”
—Jennifer Senior, reviewing John A. Farrell’s book in “‘Richard Nixon,’ Portrait of a Thin-Skinned, Media-Hating President,” The New York Times, March 29, 2017.
• Editorial Comment: Well, sure. But aside from that . . . .
PeezPix by Ted Pease
Makes the Garden Gnome Look Good
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