Blogging Tory Michael takes a leap of faith and states that the only way Big Daddy can win a majority is by emulating ... wait for it ... Nixon’s 1972 re-election strategy.
A few weeks back there was an excellent article in Maclean's magazine by Paul Wells. In it he wrote that Stephen Harper's election strategy is remarkably similar to that of Richard Nixon. In 1972, Nixon was reelected with a landslide majority -he carried all but one state - by appealing to the 'silent majority'. He realized that the majority of Americans were not racists, civil rights crusaders, or hippies, they were conservatives. This is documented in a book I recently purchased entitled Nixonland, by Rick Perlstein.
Well. There’s no way I can fault that kind of reasoning. After all, Nixon was re-elected in a landslide, receiving over 60% of the popular vote and carrying 49 of 50 states. And he managed to govern for almost two entire years before becoming the only President to resign from office on August 9, 1974. To avoid the shame of impeachment. And almost certain criminal conviction for his part in Watergate.
Michael, I think you’re on to something here. No, really.