The Nation: Hickel Vindicated

When Alaska's Walter Hickel fell into disfavor at the White House in 1970 and was ousted as Richard Nixon's Secretary of the Interior, his reputation in his home state plummeted faster than he could explain himself. Hickel could not convince his fellow Republicans that his principled tenure in Washington had been the best course. Said one: "When we finally get one of our boys close to the President, he blows it."

But as the deeds surrounding Watergate began to spill into public light last April, Wally Hickel began to look like a prophet. The Anchorage Times editorialized in praise of his foresight,...

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