Not at the time. He was seen as a tough conservative commie fighter, kind of a Republican Elliot Ness. The TV debate with Kennedy hurt his image. At the time, I thought it was just bad makeup. Looking back, I'm not so sure.<quoted text>Nixon was generally considered some sort of psychotic. Of course he was never formally evaluated, at least not openly known anyway.
Agreed. But I've never been able to understand it completely. He started out as a commie fighting star, but always seemed to be paranoid, despite his success.<quoted text>
That guy had shadows lurking in his head.
This is how I will always remember young Nixon: http://msa.maryland.gov/ecp/10/214/images/004...
And he was smart, too.<quoted text>At least he brought a ton of experience to the job. That is likely what made him effective.
Well, yes and no. They all defended him in the beginning, even after the original Washington Post stories. But when the low level official (I think his name was Butterfield) revealed that there was a White House audio tape system that Nixon had installed, that was the beginning of the end for Dick Nixon. Nixon made a big show of a big stack of (edited) transcripts eventually, and they were still pretty damning. I think it was Barry Goldwater that finally gave him the bad news.<quoted text>And least his own party members had the ethics to confront him & inform him that he would likely not survive an Impeachment because some of them would vote against his cause & methods. The current party of this president help him circle the wagons, hide stuff under the rugs & behave like the famous 3 monkeys. Or like Sgt Schultz...they know nothing, admit nothing, see nothing, hear nothing. NO ethics. Wow!
Pops, thanks for causing me to fire some seldom used neurons! I don't think I had much of an opinion about this back then, but I do remember it. We were in a period of "stagflation" high inflation (6%) and high unemployment (also 6%). This confused the experts, because when one was high the other was supposed to be low.<quoted text>What did/do you think about Nixon's wage & price freeze?
Nixon took dramatic action. He took us off of the gold standard, and instituted the first peacetime wage and price controls. At the time, it was well received. But it was all radical as hell looking back. Modern conservatives would impeach him, but we didn't see things that way. We were all Americans first, and hoped he would succeed (even if we had voted against him!)
Man, if only we knew what was coming --- a few years later inflation would top out around 14% annually. Those are scary times to live through. You were making more money, but things were getting more expensive even quicker.