It’s Time for “Rocking, Socking” Politics


Recent political events, particularly with the Senate immigration bill, have only confirmed to me that its long past time we quit playing games and started fighting back against the Left.  Richard Nixon coined the phrase in the 1952 presidential race as Ike’s running mate, telling the party it was time for a “rocking, socking campaign.”  Nixon has always been known as a fighter in politics.  He fought his opponents and fought them hard.  By doing so, he was successful in almost all of his races.

He smashed Jerry Voorhis in his 1946 campaign for Congress and, even though he faced a woman in his 1950 race for the US Senate, he never took his foot off the gas to expose Helen Gahagan Douglas for being a communist sympathizer. “She’s pink right down to her underwear,” Nixon thundered on the stump.  And, truth is, she was, which is why John F. Kennedy secretly donated money to Nixon’s campaign, rather than support his fellow Democrat.

Yet Nixon’s one major slipup was in the 1960 presidential election, when he took the advice of a weak-kneed consultant and backed off Kennedy in their famous televised debates, so as not to seem like a bully.  It cost him the presidency that year, just as it did for Mitt Romney last November.  They played it safe, as did McCain in 2008, and all three met the same fate. Continue reading