Nixon's back! (At least on Twit­ter)

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

NEW YORK (AP) — If you be­lieve the me­dia re­ports, Richard Nixon suf­fered a stroke in 1994 and died days later at age 81. He is buried in his na­tive Yorba Linda, Cal­i­for­nia, silent as the coun­try marks the 40th an­niver­sary of his res­ig­na­tion.

But the many ob­ses­sives among the 7,000-plus fol­low­ers of @Dick­_Nixon couldn't be blamed for shar­ing the pres­i­dent's sus­pi­cion of re­porters. The "Nixon" on this Twit­ter feed has never been more alive, sound­ing off on ev­ery­thing from the Rus­sians to the Academy Awards, lash­ing out at old en­e­mies and siz­ing up such pos­si­ble pres­i­den­tial con­tenders as Sen. Marco Ru­bio of Florida.

"He is a smart fel­low. But he should stop swing­ing at pitches he can't hit yet," reads a re­cent tweet.

The @Dick­_Nixon feed is nei­ther trib­ute nor par­ody but an un­canny rein­car­na­tion that has some Wash­ing­ton in­sid­ers and po­lit­i­cal junkies mar­veling that some­one could so well cap­ture the phras­ing, savvy, tenac­ity, pro­fan­ity and world view of our 37th pres­i­dent.

"He has his voice and his men­tal­ity down cold. And he also makes me laugh," says El­iz­a­beth Drew, an au­thor and jour­nal­ist whose Water­gate-era book, "Wash­ing­ton Jour­nal," was reis­sued in May.

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