Ecclesiastical and political pragmatism, with a beat
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
"A Man's Man"
Rep. Dan Lungren describes a rare moment of sheer grace in politics. Already on the defensive for pardoning former President Nixon in September 1974, Gerald Ford visited his stricken predecessor at Long Beach Memorial Hospital in November, four days before a midterm election in which the GOP would suffer historic losses. Why did Ford do it? Because Pat Nixon and Nixon's doctors told Ford that a visit would be good for 37's spirits.