By now it’s pretty much old news that Richard Nixon and Archie Bunker had a lot in common. That said, just as the rantings of an old crank in his favorite chair still have the power to amuse, the raw, unfiltered prejudices of a sitting president still have the power to shock .In other words, the latest round of Nixon tapes were released recently and, according to the front-page report over the weekend in The New York Times, it isn’t pretty:In a conversation Feb. 13, 1973, with Charles W. Colson, a senior adviser who had just told Nixon that he had always had “a little prejudice,” Nixon said he was not prejudiced but continued, “I’ve just recognized that, you know, all people have certain traits.”“The Jews have certain traits,” he said. “The Irish have certain — for example, the Irish can’t drink. What you always have to remember with the Irish is they get mean. Virtually every Irish I’ve known gets mean when he drinks. Particularly the real Irish.”Nixon continued: “The Italians, of course, those people course don’t have their heads screwed on tight. They are wonderful people, but,” and his voice trailed off. A moment later, Nixon returned to Jews: “The Jews are just a very aggressive and abrasive and obnoxious personality.”