"The View From Purgatory," Safire's latest column in the New York Times takes the format of an interview with the deceased Richard Nixon. Despite the obvious potential in such a format, Safire simply uses Nixon (and this is not the first time) in order to voice his own half-baked ideas about Iraq, the current domestic situation, and Safire's favorite political topic - Kerry losing this election so that there will be a "Clinton Restoration" in 2008.
Q: Now you're into politics, how do you see the campaign dynamic?
RN: Let me say this about that: Bush went into a slump because of war casualties, and as we come out of the war, Bush comes out of his slump. Now he has to stop responding to Kerry's demands ? all that U.N. kissy-face ? and start talking about exciting plans for the economic boom in his second term.