The Corner

Memories of the Nixon Administration

Christopher Hitchens’s entertaining denunciation of Nixon seems off on two points. First, he calls Charles Colson “another pious Christian among his consiglieri.” Colson didn’t become pious until after he left the administration. (His critics claimed that he had converted to get sympathy before sentencing. If so, he has kept up the act an awfully long time.) Second, Hitchens writes that “nobody ever accused Nixon or Kissinger of having any sort of sex life while in office—the distinctly dank reek of the absence of same can be detected throughout the taped records.” I cannot say I have investigated the matter closely, but it is certainly my impression that Kissinger was regularly so “accused.” It was around that time that he coined the phrase about power as an aphrodisiac, wasn’t it?

Ramesh Ponnuru — Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg View, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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