Nation: SCENT OF VICTORY

Smooth as a space satellite, precise as a computer, the 1968 Nixon-mobile whirrs around the country like a politician's dream machine. It seems, in fact, almost too automated. The candidate is seldom more than ten minutes late for an appearance. The bands strike up on cue; balloons tumble down at just the right moment. Meticulous planning schedules put the nominee at just the place where the turnout will be largest and the crowd will be the most responsive. More than 11,000 turned out last week in Anaheim, Calif., 5,000 in Fresno, 10,000 in Salt Lake City, 250,000 to watch the candidate's...