The Nation: Richard Nixon's Seventeen Crises

Is the Watergate case Richard Nixon's "seventh crisis," as an instant and inevitable cliché would have it? Not likely, when it is recalled that the last great trauma in the President's 1962 bestseller Six Crises was the Nixon-Kennedy campaign of 1960—of which he wrote: "Where an individual has carried on his shoulders the hopes of millions, he then faces his greatest test."* Based on the criteria implicit in the cases of the first six, the updated list might look like this:

7) The 1962 campaign for Governor of California, ending with that famous exit line, "You won't have Nixon to kick around...

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