RON HART: We don’t have Nixon to kick around, but we have Obama

Published: Sunday, June 2, 2013 at 05:00 PM.

Much has been made of Obama using the coercive power of government to go after political opponents and to intimidate dissenters. I’ve been out of the country, so allow me to make even more of it — assuming this column is not seized by Eric Holder’s Department of "Just-Us."

Presidents Nixon and Obama both liked enemy lists. Obama’s IRS and Benghazi scandals could go as high in his administration as Jay-Z. At a minimum, Dennis Rodman should resign.

Nixon secretly bombed Cambodia; Obama, the Drone Ranger, secretly kills American citizens abroad. Both sicced the feds on their enemies.

It is a fair comparison of two aloof and devious presidents, pure politicians willing to hurt opponents to win. Obama portrayed his opponent, all-American, clean-as-a-whistle Mitt Romney, as a murderous, greedy monster. Obama did not win re-election on his record or his ideology; he destroyed the reputation of his opponent, and his O-bots went after GOP supporters.

The difference seems to be that the economy grew at a rate 2.5 times better under Nixon. He was also a better bowler, and probably a better free-throw shooter, though the awkward Nixon would have shot hoops in a cardigan sweater.

Obama said he knew nothing about IRS targeting of conservative groups since 2010 until he heard it from the press. Never mind that his Chief of Staff knew of it for weeks. Are we to believe they are that close and do not talk? Who are they, the Clintons?

When Nixon was first asked about Watergate, I am pretty sure he had the same Sergeant Schultz-like answer as Obama. As Nixon told us, he was "not a crook."

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