The Nation: All Those Friendly Faces

The election is 14 months away, but there is no stronger tonic for a political candidate, even if he holds the job already, than a sea of friendly faces. There is no greater depressant for an aspirant to office than an empty hall. Last week Richard Nixon could take satisfaction on both scores. He fully savored the one, while his adversaries suffered the other.

When the President went to New Hampshire, not even the zeal of his advance men could fully account for the expansive crowd of 30,000 that greeted him warmly. The savvy throng guffawed when the President described his trip...

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