A true American patriot passed late yesterday. President Gerald Ford has died.
Ford was the last moderate Republican to hold the highest office. Ford, in fact, almost didn't win re-nomination against Ronald Reagan - who swung the party further right after he won the election four years later against Jimmy Carter.
While the current occupant of the Oval Office has tried to grab as much power as possible, Ford served under a much diminished role after Nixon's near impeachment. I wonder if Congress would have been as willing to press impeachment charges against Nixon if Ford hadn't replaced Agnew as veep. While Agnew was a polarizing figure like Nixon, Ford was well liked by both sides of the aisle. I don't think Congress would have pressed forward with Agnew poised to become president, but with Ford in the understudy role all bets were off.
The President of the United States is a hard and difficult job. Gerald Ford handled the position admirably for the 20-some months he held it. I hope he rests in peace.