I truly feel that if Richard Nixon had won the 1960 Presidential Election, America would have been spared all of the controversial years after the Kennedy Assassination. The Vietnam Conflict would have definitely occurred, but it would have been "managed" in a far different fashion. It would have been handled with less confrontations with Our Society as a whole, like the Korean Conflict in a sense. The "Hippie Movement" would either have been quelled or mitigated in some way. We would now live in a less turbulent and fractured Society Today.
Richard Nixon was what he was, but he was also an adroit mediator and thoughtful "Progressive Politician", even though he was a Republican. In actuality, he was an excellent president, with too many Liberal enemies. He was "railroaded" for the Watergate Scandal, he thought it was a Democrat "dirty trick". He was not even aware of it when it happened, he did not order it. His only mistake in leadership and judgement was to try to cover it up. He should have thrown his subordinates to the wolves like any other politician would have done. He really was an honest, just and very capable man. I was told by a minor member of his security staff years later that he was, "A Nice Guy." He got "the shaft". May he rest in peace. I think he was one of our better presidents. We could use him Today.