In the wake of Richard Nixon's election, speculation inevitably focused on the impact that his narrow victory would have on his ability to govern. Lacking a popular majority, or even a respectable edge over Hubert Humphrey, would he be hamstrung by an opposition Congress and hounded by his always numerous critics? The answer is likely to be: not for a while. After a year of crises and threats of more to come, the nation and the world seem eager for a respite. Moreover, the U.S. has long had a tradition of forbearance toward a new President: a willingness to let him...

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