"Nixon presented himself as a "peace" candidate , promising that "the long dark night for America was almost over." His campaign successfully disseminated the idea that he had "a secret plan to end the war," and he was never really pressured by the press to reveal just what this secret plan was in even the most general terms. The "secret plan" was nothing more than an extreme version of the communitive theory of bombing. Nixon called it the "Madman Theory".
This quote was somewhat amusing because Nixon was being contradicting. He was trying to be sneaky. Nixon stated that he was some peaceful person in authority, meanwhile he wanted to begin a violent attack. Any American citizen with common knowledge knows that if a person is persuading a violent attack, it is anything but peaceful. A peaceful candidate would be someone who talks out the situation or protests. Of course, these options would have never been successful during this time but since Nixon was not taking peaceful actions, it was wrong for him to tell the people otherwise. What was not amusing was that Nixon was in fact lying.
When he stated that "the long dark night for America was almost over", it made him seem very confident to the public. Nixon was good at convincing the American people what he wanted them to believe. He kept trying to get the people to believe he had a secret plan to end everything when in fact the plan was bombing Southeast Asia which could keep the war going. It's very contradicting how he calls his theory for ending the war, "Madman Theory", like it was an angry attack but he told the people he was the peaceful one. It's never a surprise when the presidents flip flop their ideas when they say one thing and then the other but Nixon was ridiculous. Nixon did everything he could to cover things up and persuade the American people. Further proof of Nixon's actions was the scandal of Watergate. Nixon was one sneaky and conniving president.