The Washington Post has today reported on the unusual connection between Richard Millhouse Nixon and current Presidential contender John McCain.
It seems that the disgraced late President has more than a few things in common with the senator from Arizona than Mr McCain would like pointed out.
For example, "Tricky Dicky" once owned a cocker spaniel named Checkers, which became the subject of a famous Nixon speech when he was VP. John McCain also has a poodle named Checkers. And Nixon loved to play the piano in his quieter moments, while Senator McCain loves nothing more than playing his Hammond organ when the GOP crew come around for a visit.
But these similarities are nothing compared to the following truth:
Nixon's great uncle was a Democrat who employed a Charles Baker as his assistant secretary. He subsequently married Vivienne Lowell, daughter of the famous poet, who wrote newspaper articles for the NY Tribune which was the being edited by David Morton-Browne at the time.
Morton-Browne had shares in a mining company in West Virginia partially owned by Harold Leventhal, the notorious mining magnate, whose daughter married Nigel Stanton. Stanton's brother in law owned a Bread Carting business which was subsequently sold to William H Smithers who diversified into retail mega stores, one of which was called KMart, and whose Phoenix operation employed one John McCain.