AMERICAN NOTES: The 100% Dream

For Richard Nixon, the impossible dream may be on the verge of coming true. Or so he believes. The President has confided to intimates that he thinks he has a chance of winning all 50 states in November—a feat of unanimity accomplished by George Washington, who had to contend with many fewer states and (in those partyless times) with no opponent. Such a comparison with the father of the country would do wonders for the Nixon image.

Still, landslides often bury more than the loser. James Monroe also took every state when he was re-elected in 1820, losing only one...

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