Sen. Edward Brooke (R-Mass.): “I suggested as I’ve said before; resignation. He was very gracious. He said he understood that my statement was not made with malice. He understood it. The reasoning that I gave for it. But he did . . he thought that would be the easy way out and was not going to accept that suggestion.”
At the time, resignation was out of the question, and it was hoped Nixon could turn around his standing in the polls. But, in addition to the Watergate scandal, the Energy crisis was looming, with talk of gas and oil rationing during the winter months. The writing was on the wall and there was an active movement afoot to gain distance from the President in light of the coming 1974 mid-term elections. Nobody even wanted to consider 1976.
Washington Week in Review - the week of November 17, 1973 - the ongoing trials and tribulations of Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandal. And also, the Energy Crisis, the Middle-East Oil Embargo - the threat of gas and oil rationing and Republican candidates for office in the 1974 mid-terms are avoiding Nixon in droves.