Republicans, change your party name!

Richard M. Nixon was an intellectual. He was on the way to building a remarkable legacy as president. But, President Nixon was also paranoid. Faced with an election that he couldn’t possibly lose, he decided to make sure of victory. Dirty tricks and the Watergate burglary ultimately put President Nixon on the path to impeachment.

My family had a role in a number of Nixon sagas. My grandfather was a Republican party leader in Orange County, California. He progressively promoted Nixon’s political career from congress to the senate to the vice presidency. And, then the…