Maureen Dowd's latest column attacking Hillary Clinton with comparisons to
former President Richard Nixon echoes attacks from the Republican National
In a _New York Times_ op-ed on April 11, Dowd predicted that Clinton's
presidential campaign will "take the Nixon approach" by "trying to charm
people one by one in the early states for 2016, an acknowledgement that she
cannot emulate the wholesale allure of Bill Clinton or Barack Obama."
Dowd's Nixon comparison has been made before, repeatedly, as part of the RNC's
"Stop Hillary" campaign. As the _Washington Post_ noted on April 11, RNC
Chairman Reince Priebus "habitually describes Clinton as a cold, Nixonian
Priebus made the comparison in March when discussing Clinton's email use while
serving as secretary of state, saying "even Nixon didn't destroy the tapes"
(an implication that the deleted personal emails on Clinton's private server
were equivalent to Nixon's involvement in the Watergate conspiracy).
Conservative media figures followed his lead, and the Nixon comparison found
its way onto a variety of Fox News programming, into the pages of _National
Review_, and even into the mouth of conservative MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on
the March 29 edition of NBC's _Meet the ...