When Pat Buchanan and Henry Kissinger give speeches about how you were wronged, you were probably an awful man.

A gripping sense of grievance helped animate a gala in Washington on Wednesday night to celebrate what would have been Richard Nixon’s 100th birthday.

Four decades after he resigned in disgrace, the dead-enders continue to believe that the 37th president was wronged by his elitist enemies.

Eager to rehabilitate his still-shattered image, aging loyalists sought to portray Nixon as a perseverant patriot and peacemaker.

In less than four decades, a bunch of elderly people will be gathering to try to rehabilitate George W. Bush's legacy, too. They'll be about as successful as Buchanan and Kissinger were last night.