View Poll Results: If Watergate had never happened would Nixon be remembered as a good President?

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Thread: If Watergate had never happened...

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    Re: If Watergate had never happened...

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    If Watergate had never happened...

    ...would Richard Nixon be remembered as a good President?

    Legacy-wise, 20+ years after he would have left office at the end of his term.
    Are you asking what if Nixon had never illegaly spied, or what if the brake-in was a success and we never found out about it?

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    Re: If Watergate had never happened...

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    If Watergate had never happened...

    ...would Richard Nixon be remembered as a good President?

    Legacy-wise, 20+ years after he would have left office at the end of his term.
    Not sure. East Timor, Augusto Pinochet. Of course, these things were and still are relatively unknown so who knows?
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    Re: If Watergate had never happened...

    a better question would have been

    if the 1960 Election had not been stolen from Nixon, would he have been as paranoid as he was in 1972?
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    Re: If Watergate had never happened...

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    a better question would have been

    if the 1960 Election had not been stolen from Nixon, would he have been as paranoid as he was in 1972?
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    Re: If Watergate had never happened...

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    Are you asking what if Nixon had never illegaly spied, or what if the brake-in was a success and we never found out about it?
    The intent was if he had never illegally spied, but the other is a fair question, too. Just specify which one when/if you answer.
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    Re: If Watergate had never happened...

    Quote Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post
    Not sure. East Timor, Augusto Pinochet. Of course, these things were and still are relatively unknown so who knows?
    But almost any President has a mix/match of positives and negatives.
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    Re: If Watergate had never happened...

    I went with other. I think Nixon's 2nd term he was going to fall in popularity and ultimately hurt his legacy even without watergate. For Nixon to be remembered positively I think he would have had to call it quits after one term. He seems a little unstable to me. He would have done something else if not watergate. To quote Nixon, "When the president does it, it's not illegal". That mindset would eventually doom anyone.
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    Re: If Watergate had never happened...

    In the best 5 presidents in the last 50 years I had Nixon on my list as 1 of the best, because up to Watergate he was pretty damn good. And it was the cover-up that destroyed him, not the actual crime. But it is usually the cover-up that does these guys in.
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    Re: If Watergate had never happened...

    Not too long after Nixon died I heard a close aide and long time friend of his being interviewed on a radio talk show (I forget who now). When talking about Nixon's formality and personality the host asked him, "If you two were sitting alone in a row boat in the middle of the ocean, do you think he still would have insisted you address him as "Mr President?"

    The guy responded, "Oh, yes, absolutely."

    And this guy was a personal friend outside of politics as well. I thought that little tidbit was an interesting window into Nixon's personality.
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    Re: If Watergate had never happened...

    Quote Originally Posted by SenorXm/Sirius View Post
    In the best 5 presidents in the last 50 years I had Nixon on my list as 1 of the best, because up to Watergate he was pretty damn good. And it was the cover-up that destroyed him, not the actual crime. But it is usually the cover-up that does these guys in.
    A lot of people feel that if he had sucked it up and apologized that the controversy would have withered away. The American public, at least still then, was pretty forgiving.

    Most of the same people, however, also feel that apologizing was simply not doable for Nixon, hence he became a victim of himself.
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