Republicans: Avoiding the Dewey Syndrome

Haunted by the memory of 1960, Richard Nixon long ago determined to stop at some point in the 1968 campaign for a final stock taking. What was being done wrong? What could be done better? Last week his advisers from all over the country converged on Key Biscayne, Fla., for such an inventory and came up with a startling conclusion: Nothing was wrong, and hardly anything could be done better.*

Even so, no one at the top of Nixon's campaign organization appears susceptible to the much feared Dewey Syndrome of overconfidence. Indeed,...

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