Here in DC, the local C-Span radio station has been playing the Nixon tapes in the evenings. I often drive to Alexandria in the evening to let my dog swim and spend some time by the river so I get about a half hour to listen. Then, recently, I decided to listen to the ones available online. Recipients of his calls ranged from Billy Graham to Henry Kissinger. And they’re fascinating. When else will we be able to hear a sitting President talking candidly, having forgotten he was being recorded?
Anyway, what I learned first and foremost from the tapes was this [...]