The Nation: Advantage to the Incumbent

THE Democrats' disarray only adds to the self-confidence bordering on serenity that has overtaken the Republican Party in recent months. Quite aside from the Democrats' problems —the possibility of a McGovern nomination, which the G.O.P. would welcome, or a Democratic schism, which would be at least equally advantageous to the Republicans—the Nixon forces can savor all of the unique advantages of incumbency.

Against the potentially fractured Democrats, the Republicans will be united behind a President whose approval rating in the Gallup poll is now up to 60%, just short of a two-year high....

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