Let me start with a confession. I was a Nixon "loyalist," from the "Kitchen Debate" with Khrushchev in the 1950s up to a couple of days before he resigned in 1974.
In fact, my first conscious memory of politics was sitting on my mother's lap in the summer of 1952 (I was five) as she was explaining that year's GOP convention as we watched President Eisenhower being nominated on a really big, blurry, black and white television. Shortly thereafter, I remember being in the den while my parents watched what I later learned was the "Checkers" speech, to which my Mom (a Republican) and my Dad (a Democrat) had very different reactions. It was the first of many times that I heard my father declare, "Nixon's a crook!"