I can't quite grasp how it is Ford's pardoning Nixon before Nixon's crimes were at least initially vetted by investigators is supposed to have "healed" the nation or "restored confidence in the office" of the presidency. But hey, I guess that's because I'm not a political scientist.
Funny, though, how few of those conservatives who sponsor this line of argument never thought to ask President Bush to pardon Bill Clinton. That would've "brought the country together" too, right?
UPDATE: In addition, what Hitch said.