Political Button of the Day: The Estonian role in Nixon’s rise to power

Gearing up for Election Day, I will occasionally share a favorite button from my modest-but-quirky political memorabilia collection.

In all the historical nonfiction I have ever read, I have yet to see one writer explore the Estonian-American community’s role in President Nixon’s rise to power.

Did Nixon have any special affinity for Estonian voters? Not really. He covered his bets and issued campaign buttons for at least two dozen nationalities.

A random check on eBay surfaced “Hungarians for President Nixon,” “French for President Nixon,” “Scots for President Nixon,” “Ukranians for President Nixon,” and “Slovacks for President Nixon.”

Wonder what kind of slurs Nixon used behind these people’s backs?

If you like offbeat political and pop culture memorabilia like this, then please check out my new Slate magazine slideshow devoted to the fake presidential bids of Archie Bunker, Fred Flintstone, Snoopy, Charile Brown, Lucy Van Pelt, Linus Van Pelt, Barbie, Ken Griffey, Jr., Mr. Clean, Captain Morgan the Rum Pirate, Fonzie, Yogi Bear, Boo Boo, Huckleberry Hound, Magilla Gorilla, and MAD magazine’s Alfred E. Neuman!


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