For years, Hoosiers suffered the ignominy of being associated with Earl Landgrebe, who said, as the last defender of Richard Nixon, “I have my mind made up — don’t confuse me with the facts.” Perhaps now we can have our release from shame. Alaska Rep. Don Young, defending Sen. Ted Stevens, gets a little carried away:
“I think he can win. He’s the best thing for that, for the Senate. Alaskans know this. This is a trumped up charge. If you look at not reporting, supposedly gifts — he reported everything he got. I think it was wrong when they prosecuted him on this issue.”
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“I think that’s going to be, you know, a matter of opinion. I can remember Richard Nixon, you know, his years of service, what he’s done, and everybody were ridiculing him and he ended up being the greatest president in the history of our century.
History will rehabilitate George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter before it looks kindly on Richard Nixon.