Perhaps the place to start looking for a credibility gap is not in the offices of the Government in Washington but in the studios of the networks in New York!
From speech delivered Nov 13, 1969 in Des Moines, Iowa
A spirit of national masochism prevails, encouraged by an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals.
Denouncing Moratorium Day protest against Vietnam War; in NY "Times," 20 Oct 69
In the United States today, we have more than our share of the nattering nabobs of negativism.
Speech in San Diego (11 September 1970).
Agnew's signature quip against everything perceived to be liberal, particularly the media at that time.
This is the criminal left that belongs not in a dormitory, but in a penitentiary. The criminal left is not a problem to be solved by the Department of Philosophy or the Department of English—it is a problem for the Department of Justice…. Black or white, the criminal left is interested in power. It is not interested in promoting the renewal and reforms that make democracy work; it is interested in promoting those collisions and conflict that tear democracy apart.
Speech at a Florida Republican dinner, Fort Lauderdale, Florida (April 28, 1970); reported in Collected Speeches of Spiro Agnew (1971), p. 135.