Hunter S. Thompson and 1972
"Once they let you get away with running around for 10 years like a king hoodlum, you tend to forget now and then that about half the people you meet live from one day to the next in a state of such fear and uncertainty that about half the time they honestly doubt their own sanity.Looking back at 1972, Nixon seemed invulnerable. At the time Hunter wrote this, he was. This was also around the time that Daniel Elsberg made the copies that became known as the Pentagon Papers and ended our "long national nightmare" in Vietnam.
These are not the kind of people who really need to get hung up in depressing political trips. They are not ready for it. The boats are rocking so badly that all they want to do is get level long enough to think straight and avoid the next nightmare."
Some have speculated over the weekend that the Downing Street Memos are to the Iraq War what Elsberg's bravery was to Vietnam. We can only hope.