From Rolling Stone, June 16, 1994

HE WAS A CROOK

by Hunter S. Thompson

Richard Richard Nixon is gone now, and I am poorer for it. He was the real thing -- a political monster straight out of Grendel and a very dangerous enemy....

I have had my own bloody relationship with Richard Nixon for many years, but I am not worried about it landing me in hell with him. I have already been there with that bastard.... Some of my best friends have hated Richard Nixon all their lives. My mother hates Richard Nixon, my son hates Richard Nixon, I hate Richard Nixon, and this hatred has brought us together.

Richard Nixon laughed when I told him this. "Don't worry," he said, "I, too, am a family man, and we feel the same way about you." ...

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PS: Yes, moving - this goes to show that politics does not have to be the world's bloodiest profession, that ideological polarity blinds us to interests that we share, that we are, in the end, bonded by simple emotion.

I've always said that the key to a successful marriage is allowing the finances of both partners to become as hopelessly entangled as possible. True, but simple, pure emotion can have the same effect. God bless (but not Richard Nixon).

- Sentimental AC