No, the 2024 Election Won’t Be Anything Like 1968

Source: The New Republic
by Walter Shapiro

“The dominant headline on The Wall Street Journal’s home page at midday Wednesday was ‘Chaos on Campus, in Gaza, Threatens Biden’s Campaign.’ The article is emblematic of a theme that will grow omnipresent as we move closer to the mid-August Democratic convention in Chicago. Parallels to 1968 are irresistible both because of the locale of the Chicago convention and because Democratic disarray over Vietnam did help Richard Nixon win the presidency. It fits a long-standing media motif that when the Democrats lose the White House, it is usually because they brought it on themselves. But the closer you look at the turbulent history of 1968, the more it reflects the 2024 presidential race with the accuracy of a funhouse mirror.” (05/09/24)