Ghostbear wrote:* And unless they return to candidates such as Teddy Roosevelt, Eisenhower or even Nixon (minus the corruption), I probably never will. The more they appeal to Reagan the more they guarantee my vote goes elsewhere.
Even with the corruption, Nixon was a better president than most. If only because they all had the corruption (the media finally
did their job with Nixon).
While I agree that essentially all of them are or were corrupt to some extent, the issue with Nixon, to me, isn't the corruption per se
, but that he got away with it- forever painting it as acceptable for the president to bend the rules and not get in trouble for it. I guess you could say that was up to Ford, but Nixon was the one that created the situation, and he was the one that resigned after (I assume) being offered a pardon. It's too bad, he does seem to have been a great president otherwise- I read a joke that said "Nixon was the last liberal president". With respect to JFK, I think if he wasn't assassinated he'd be remembered far less fondly- he got lucky with Cuba, not to mention getting us into Vietnam. But untimely death has a tendency to make the history books more forgiving.
I find it rather depressing, actually. The republican party of old was more than capable of appealing to me, and Nixon himself isn't that far removed from the modern era. I dislike the fact that I'm just as likely to vote democrat because I absolutely detest the opposition as I am because I actually like the candidate*. Despite the fact that we don't even know who the republican nominee will be, I'm already 99.99% certain I'll vote for Obama because even if the nominee is someone fairly reasonable like Huntsmen, in order to win they'd have to pander so far to the base that they will no longer be reasonable (see McCain 2000 vs. McCain 2008). I hate hate hate hate (also, hate) that the only former republican president that any of the modern ones actually like was Reagan. The only thing he had going for him was he was charming, relative to other politicians. Outside of that, he was terrible, almost certainly my least favorite president. Why can't they try to appeal through the lens of their better presidents?
Well, I suppose they don't because they've kind of dug a hole for themselves, where they need to pander to the far right to have any chance of winning primaries. Honestly, I think even a moderate republican should hope for them to lose in 2012, and probably 2016 as well- if the super right wing elements keep them out of power for long enough, the moderate wings of the party will reassert themselves. Of course, democrats seem to be the most willfully inept political strategists yet- the republicans keep handing them all the tools to establish constant dominance over the political sphere, and they keep fumbling. With the current crop of candidates for the republican nomination, they've practically sent Obama a gift wrapped box with a note inside saying "Sorry we made fun of you before- you can keep the presidency, ok? We'll call it even.", but he can't get his chances at reelection above the range of "about even money".
* An example of each: I voted for our governor- John Lynch (D), very happily in 2008 and 2010. I voted for Hodes (D) for the senate in 2010 because Ayote (R) showed herself to be a tea-party loving, super reactionary nut case.
EDIT: Fixed the years for McCain. Whoops.