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Above: The two kindest, gentlest men in American history.

What did Richard Nixon think of Hillary Clinton? Well, this is probably about the easiest question in the world to answer.

Mr. Nixon praised Barbara Bush as a model of a wife who has her own opinions without upstaging her husband, and suggested that many Americans are still put off by a male politician who does not seem to be as strong as his wife. The former President allowed that, unfortunately, some voters agree with Cardinal de Richelieu, who said, “Intellect in a woman is unbecoming.”

Of course, the caveat here is that Maureen Dowd is the source of this story, so the chances she made it up are probably 50 percent.

But this serves as a chance to say bad things about both Richard Nixon and Maureen Dowd, which means a perfect blog post.

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