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For members of Generation X like myself, the definitive presidential landslide was President Ronald Reagan’s defeat of Walter Mondale in 1984. Reagan won 49 states and beat Mondale in the popular vote by 18 points and in the electoral college by 512 votes. For boomers, the definitive trouncing was President Richard M. Nixon’s defeat of George McGovern in 1972. Nixon also won 49 states, beating McGovern by 23 points in voting and 503 electoral votes. In recent weeks, with the rise of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in Democratic presidential primary polling, pundits have warned that the party faces a McGovern-like scenario in November: a moderately popular president gliding to reelection thank... Full story

22 February