Scandal Fever & The Right’s Nixon Narrative Problem
According to the right’s current narrative, the Obama administration is abusing its power. They claim that recent events indicate plotting and machinations by the President and his advisers that rise to the high crimes of the Nixon era.
Putting aside just how phony these “scandals” are, based on the faux history the right has peddled for decades now, shouldn’t they be cheering?
Because up until recently, the right had Nixon as the good guy. The original sin of the supposed “liberal media” was railroading Richard Nixon out of office, amplifying the break-in and subsequent abuse of power to the level of a “high crime.” This resulted in the only President to resign in disgrace, an eternal blot on the Republican Party.
So thorough was the right’s fake Nixon narrative that several of his co-conspirators – Chuck Colson and G. Gordon Liddy – went on to prosperous second acts within the conservative community.
But now, on a dime, they’ve turned and adopted the mainstream modern narrative on Nixon. Because it benefits them to attack Obama, suddenly Nixon is back to being the bad guy. The same people who wave the bloody flag of bias over the Nixon era have suddenly found value in attaching it to the fake scandals they attribute to the Obama administration.
It’s very much like the party of gutting and killing Medicare attacking Obama for supposedly cutting Medicare. Or the party of not capturing Bin Laden attacking Obama for being soft on terrorism.
It is yet another example of a party and movement untethered from reality and willing to discard its long-built narrative in favor of temporary (eventually fruitless) outrage and rhetoric.
I have no doubt that after these attacks on Obama come up empty (as they did with Clinton), the narrative will reset and Nixon will go back to being the victim, for as long as it is convenient.