I was asked recently how I felt about the Republican Party's adulation of President Reagan. After all, Republicans across the country trip over themselves to claim a piece of the Reagan mantle, but they rarely, if ever, advocate a Nixonian style of governance. And that's fine. But it's also a lot of horseshit. It would be one thing if they actually wanted to be like Reagan - a sunny consensus builder with more makeup than Tammy Faye Bakker - but they don't. Today's Republican Party is comprised of mean, nasty bomb-throwers, who amplify the divisions in our society to win 50-percent-plus-one of the electorate. Forty years after I defeated my enemies by leaving the White House, the GOP has become the party of Nixon - whether they'd like to admit it or not.
For evidence, one need look no further than Newt Gingrich, a walking, roly-poly ball of bitterness and resentment with the uncanny ability to stoke the deep-seeded rage of the Moral Majority - In other words, a Nixon Republican. Newt takes the fight right to the media in interviews and debates, all while charging hard against a pretty boy opponent with deep pockets and a silver spoon up his ass. But rather than embrace Nixon as his ideological forefather, Newt persists in tying himself to Reagan. It is a grave mistake for him to make in this competitive campaign.