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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Aaron Burr
It was a time when Manhattan had muddy cobblestone streets, boiled coffee was the latest fad from France, rioters tore down Mrs. Murphy's brothel, yellow fever raged and it wasn't safe to drink the water.
First a double disclosure: I know Jeffrey Frank, the author of "Ike and Dick," and I knew Richard Nixon, half of this book's political "portrait." I consider the former an honest, accomplished writer and the latter a flawed but visionary statesman and a personally decent man, often more sinned against than sinning. One hopes these two very different personal connections will neutralize each other.
An unusual speculation on the election outcome emanates from a small campus in Buffalo, N.Y.: agitated America could end up with President Mitt Romney and Vice President Joseph R. Biden, insist Canisius College political science professors Michael Haselswerdt, a Democrat, and Kevin Hardwick, a Republican. The race is so close that there's a viable chance that the presidential candidates could split the electoral votes evenly, 269-269.
In the early history of the United States, the names of two "might-have-beens" stand out. Each fought bravely in the American Revolution, though each was hamstrung by vanity, easily hurt feelings and a deep-seated rage against those men they considered ungrateful for services rendered.
Aaron Burr ranks among the most reviled characters in American history - an astounding fate for a Founding Father who came within a hair's breadth o f the presidency in 1800. Although he was never convicted in court, the term "traitor" is indelibly linked to his name.
FALLEN FOUNDER: THE LIFE OF AARON BURR
Burr insisted that she gain an extensive education, learn to write remarkably well-considered letters, master the French language and read extensively.
For the rest of his career he would be accused of trying to deny the election from Jefferson, a charge that was not true.