By Sarah Katherine Mergel
Conservative Intellectuals and Richard Nixon explores the connection among postwar conservatives and the president from 1968 to 1974. likely casting these years out in their background, conservatives have by no means totally explored how Richard Nixon affected their circulate. They fail to gain the level his presidency helped refocus their struggle opposed to liberalism and communism. Mergel makes use of the Nixon years as a window into the Right’s attempt to show ideology into winning politics. It combines an overview of Nixon’s presidency during the eyes of conservative intellectuals with an try to comprehend what definitely the right won from its event with Nixon.
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Richard Nixon worked hard before the convention to line up his delegates by appealing to southern politicians and taking a commanding lead in the primaries. Ronald Reagan and Nelson Rockefeller, however, still held hope that Nixon would not have enough votes to prevail on the first ballot and thus the delegates would turn to them as compromise candidates. As Nixon succinctly put it, Reagan and Rockefeller shared a joint strategy—the “erosion” of his support by highlighting Nixon’s f laws to the delegates.
Whether or not he had a secret plan to end the war, Nixon wanted to conclude American involvement honorably to preserve the nation’s credibility in dealing with its allies and enemies. Relying on his reputation as an anticommunist, he was able to def lect questions about specific policy initiatives on Vietnam during the campaign. Nixon’s self-imposed moratorium on the issue, intended to allow President Johnson room to maneuver at the peace talks, also meant he did not have to explain his ideas about a settlement.
14 To make the madman theory a credible threat, Nixon had to escalate the conf lict in Southeast Asia. He did so with the secret bombing of Cambodia (1969), the Cambodian Incursion (1970), the Laotian Invasion (1971), the response to the Easter Offensive (1972), and the Christmas Bombings (1972). Nixon coupled escalation with changes to the American national security policy. In 1969, the president indicated that the time had come for the United States to encourage Asian nations to be responsible for their own internal security and military problems.
Conservative Intellectuals and Richard Nixon: Rethinking the Rise of the Right by Sarah Katherine Mergel