Watching tonight's ceremony marking the arrival of Gerald Ford's casket at the Capitol, I was struck by the eloquence of Vice President Cheney's remarks. Not surprisingly, this AP dispatch doesn't capture the elegance--and unfailing accuracy--of Mr. Cheney's remarks. Noting his decision to pardon Richard Nixon in 1974, Cheney observed that it probably cost him the election two years later, but it saved us from "wounds uninflicted" that would have further divided the nation.
As the Vice President reminded us, there were plenty of partisans out for blood in 1974, including a certain Congressional aide who proposed that Richard Nixon not be allowed counsel in a Senate trial. Her name was Hillary Rodham.
For quieting the furies that engulfed Washington--and the nation--in that bitter era, Mr. Ford deserves our eternal thanks.