The Changed Fabric
Twice now in eight years, presidential candidates who might have normally expected to win at best modest majorities have become the recipients of massive victories, winning by margins at the upper limits in American presidential history. Perhaps more impressive than the issues of 1964 and 1972, and personal attributes of the victorious and vanquished candidates, is this fact of landslides which by conventional rules of American presidential politics should not have been—"unnatural" landslides.
To refer to the unnatural landslide supposes that there is such a thing as a natural landslide, and further that there are reasons for describing the massive victories of 1964 and 1972 as "outside the norm." American two-party politics has in the past assumed, with fair correspondence to reality, the following sequence: Both the Democratic and the Republican parties, confident in the support of their respective faithfuls, have looked among their presidential nominees for candidates able to build from the secure base to a majority. The search for supporters has typically pro