Category Archives: West Wing

Losing the Race 5

For my blog post today about John McWhorter’s 2000 book, Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America, I will use as my starting point a story that McWhorter tells on page 172.  The context is the controversy surrounding Proposition 209 … Continue reading

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Nixonland 11

On pages 739-740 of Nixonland, Rick Perlstein tells the following story about George McGovern, the 1972 Democratic Presidential candidate: “‘In a recent month,’ McGovern intoned in a radio ad, ‘a quarter of the wounded civilians in South Vietnam were children … Continue reading

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President Nixon: Alone in the White House 18

On page 572 of President Nixon: Alone in the White House, Richard Reeves says the following: “What America did not seem to want was the aid Nixon had pledged to Vietnam, both South and North, in the peace agreement…[E]ven J. … Continue reading

Posted in George W. Bush, Health Care, Political Philosophy, Politics, Television, West Wing

President Nixon: Alone in the White House 9

On page 287 of President Nixon: Alone in the White House, Richard Reeves states: “If that deficit spending would entice more private spending, by both corporations and consumers, then the Republican president was now ready to buy into the pump-priming … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, George W. Bush, Politics, Religion, Richard Cheney, Television, West Wing

Conrad Black’s Richard M. Nixon: A Life in Full 6

For my blog post today about Conrad Black’s Richard M. Nixon: A Life in Full, I will highlight what Conrad Black says on pages 211-212 about Adlai Stevenson, the Democratic candidate for President in 1952.  Black mentions Stevenson’s background as … Continue reading

Posted in History, Political Philosophy, Politics, Television, West Wing

Bullies (an Episode of The Newsroom)

I’ve been watching the first season of The Newsroom.  It is on HBO, and it was created and is largely written by Aaron Sorkin, who gave us The West Wing.  The Newsroom is about a news program, which is anchored … Continue reading

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In the Arena 2

I have two items for my blog post today about Richard Nixon’s In the Arena. 1.  On page 44, Richard Nixon says: “What separates the men from the boys in politics is that the boys seek office to be somebody … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Communism, Movies, Political Philosophy, Politics, Religion, Ronald Reagan, Television, West Wing

Leaders 5

I finished Richard Nixon’s Leaders.  In this blog post, I’d like to highlight something that Nixon says on page 331.  This occurs within the last chapter, in which Nixon discusses the characteristics of great leaders in the arena. “He must … Continue reading

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Leaders 3

A theme that came up more than once in my latest reading of Richard Nixon’s Leaders was alcohol.  Here are some stories that Nixon tells: —-Page 143: “[German leader Konrad Adenauer] had other weapons besides the cold steel of logic, … Continue reading

Posted in Alcoholism, Asperger's, Autism, Church, Family, Life, Politics, Prayer, Religion, Social Skills, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Television, West Wing

Tricky Dick and the Pink Lady 3

I have two items for my write-up today on Greg Mitchell’s book about the 1950 U.S. Senate race in California between Republican Richard Nixon and Democrat Helen Gahagan Douglas.  The book is entitled Tricky Dick and the Pink Lady: Richard … Continue reading

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