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Sweet Smell of Success

in Nixon at the Movies

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780226239682
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226239705 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226239705.003.0005
Sweet Smell of Success

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Nixon approved that on first entering Congress he had the “same lost feeling” he had had when he joined the military. Nixon found himself even less suited to the Senate than he had been to the House, and that unsuitability helped bring him a little away from the presidency. Presidential candidate Nixon had to suffer the supreme indignity of presiding over the official tabulation of his own defeat, the first man to have to do so since 1860. Advise and Consent demonstrates the depth of its commitment to professional politicians as a class by consciously violating one of the cardinal rules of Hollywood storytelling, it takes for its hero a resoundingly unheroic character. But it would be hard to dispute that the way in which Nixon and the press were friends was richer, more complex, and certainly more varied than the way in which senators are friends.

Keywords: Nixon; Congress; Senate; Advise and Consent; unheroic character

Chapter.  10888 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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