Among the greatest headscratchers in American history (How did George Custer think he was gonna win the Battle of Little Bighorn? . . . Why did Grady Little leave Pedro Martinez in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS? . . . What the hell is Chris Matthews talking about?) is this:
Why in the world did the Democratic Party make Adlai Stevenson its 1956 presidential nominee, given how badly Dwight Eisenhower had blowtorched him in 1952?
1952 electoral map (via The American Presidency Project):
Final electoral tally: Eisenhower 442 (83.2%), Stevenson 89 (16.8%).
(Notice the semi-solid South, which would soon enough turn red.)
So how did Stevenson get a mulligan?
From History Today . . .
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