Lonely Midterm, 1970

The midterm election everyone is not talking about in this midterm season. Air Force One. Candidates in Fire Trucks. Culture War Weaponized. A TV Mess-Up. New Political Concepts and Midterm Election Awareness. Nixon’s first presidential midterm election (the election in which the House and Senate would be up for election) would turn out to be his last, but no one knew it at the time.

Nixon tried something Presidents hadn’t tried and took off in Air Force One to boost GOP candidates and attack hippie “thugs” across the country. He hoped to reverse the midterm trend. He did not, and he blamed bad audio and unhelpful political science. He may have done better than he thought.