Friday, July 13, 2007

John Kerry, Republican

A Nixon staffer once suggested the administration try to recruit a young John Kerry for the GOP. Mind you, it was at the same time as the Nixon folks were trying to derail the future Democratic Presidential nominee's early anti-war efforts.

"He is a Yale graduate and is inclined toward the 'establishment.' His background could be Republican." Nixon aide Murray Chotiner in a memo to Attorney General John Mitchell & Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman

The memo came to light as one of 80,000 pages of Nixon documents became available this week -- after the Nixon Library was turned over to the National Archives. Not sure if Murray got fired over that one. But in the picture here, it looks like Mr Nixon and Mr Ford had a pretty good laugh over the memo years later. (WaPo)

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