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50 Years Ago: The Day Nixon Routed the Establishment

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

In Watergate, the establishment would get its pound of flesh for its rout by Nixon in November 1969 and its humiliation in November 1972. But that establishment would never recover what it lost—the respect and regard of the American people in the ’60s and early ’70s. JFK’s “best and brightest,” whose hour of power was “Camelot,” were broken on the wheel of Vietnam. After taking us into Southeast Asia, they washed their hands of their own war and declared it immoral. So great was the loss of esteem for the establishment among the silent majority, America’s elite would soon cease to call themselves liberals and change their names to “progressives.”