The Press: Funerary Speculation

Though Richard Nixon may still be a villain to many Americans, there are probably few citizens so spiteful as to dance on his casket if he were to lose his fight with phlebitis. Yet that contingency was troubling an otherwise judicious commentator last week. William Raspberry, in his Washington Post column, speculated about whether Nixon should receive a state funeral or a modest ceremony commensurate with his inglorious exit from office. A state affair, Raspberry warned, might result in "the inflaming of anti-Nixon passions and renewed political strife." Raspberry worried whether "someone will be sufficiently hateful and tasteless to do something...

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