Impeachment will be a wrenching moment for America, but the only worse outcome would be for Congress to avert its eyes from the president’s impeachable behavior, Shapiro writes. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call file photo)
OPINION — As Richard Nixon speechwriter William Safire tells it, another campaign aide first noticed the sign during a whistle-stop train tour of the rural Midwest in the waning days of the 1968 campaign. The hand-lettered message held aloft during a stop in tiny Deshler, Ohio, spoke to the cleavages of a bitter political year defined by assassination, rioting and Vietnam.
Nixon made the sign the centerpiece of his victory speech the morning after his election. As the president-elect said earnestly, “A teenager held up a sign, ‘Bring Us Together.’ And that will be the great objective of this administration at the outset, to bring the American people together.”