Tricky Dick Nixon Gay Talk in New Book Swatted Down by Loyalist John H. Taylor
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The full quote, on Taylor's The Episconixonian blog:
"Not true--take it from me, his former chief of staff, executor, and library director, and from Kathy O'Connor, his last chief of staff. We were around him for tens of thousands of hours, and the gaydar registered zero. The needle never flickered. Nixon was heterosexual. He loved smart, attractive women, flirted with them keenly if ineptly, and had no sexual energy whatsoever with men."
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Taylor takes offense at each notion and believes Fulsom is relying on bombshells long since discredited in Anthony Summers' 2000 book The Arrogance of Power. For instance, on Dick's 53-year marriage to Patricia Nixon being "little more than a sham" and the President calling his First Lady a "fucking bitch" and his beating her before, during and after his presidency, Taylor writes:
No one close to Nixon has ever said or intimated that they saw or heard anything remotely like this. Summers' principal source was a former uniformed Secret Service agent who would rarely if ever have been in the White House family quarters. I learned about him after one of Nixon's former pilots overheard the man bragging in a bar about his coming star turn with a British TV crew that was promoting the Summers book. The man's allegations were probably known to Watergate reporter Bob Woodward, who had a family connection with the source, and Pulitzer Prize winner (and thoroughgoing Nixon critic) Seymour Hersh. Neither reporter published the charge.
Ah, but Taylor points out that Hersh did mention the beat-Pat charge during a Harvard seminar in 1998 in which the--how'd he put it?--thoroughgoing Nixon critic claimed he had seen hospital records that proved Dick harmed Mrs. Nixon. "Hersh didn't adequately explain why he'd chosen not to publish what he says he knew," notes Taylor, who laments that the muckraker nonetheless helped logroll the unfounded for Summers and now Fulsom, 11 years later. Among Taylor's proof to the contrary: Nixon broke down publicly for the first time at Pat's funeral. Of course, he could have just seen the mortuary bill . . .
Taylor also dissects the Mafia and drinking assertions, but, like the rest of the media, the ornately robed vicar of St. John's Episcopal Church and School in Rancho Santa Margarita focuses most intently on the homo-chatter.
Being gay, of course, isn't a scandal. What gives Fulsom's allegations their heft is the automatically accompanying allegation that Nixon, being a Republican, was homophobic. The news is the hypocrisy rather than the homosexuality.Later:
Secretly gay legislators who vote against gay rights and and closeted evangelicals who preach against them are fair game for the hypocrisy argument. Nixon isn't, because he wasn't gay, wasn't, therefore, a hypocrite, and in any event wasn't especially bigoted compared to men of his era.