The Nation: The Brooke Scenario


At Muskie headquarters on election night, 1972, the candidate watches in stunned silence. Pennsylvania, a swing state, has already gone Republican, with surprising Nixon strength turning up in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Illinois and Ohio are slipping away from the Democrats, thanks to similar Nixon support in the cities.

Muskie remembers the day in Los Angeles, more than a year before, when he candidly told a group of black leaders that he would not choose a Negro as his running mate because, "in view of the climate in the country today, if a black man...

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