Democratic strategist Douglas E. Schoen’s “The Nixon Effect,” which makes the case that the disgraced former president was “the most important American politician of the postwar era,” declares that Trump could ride the 1972 Nixon model to the Oval Office.
“He is the living expression of the silent majority,” Schoen wrote. “He’s a political force. He has upended our politics. If you don’t believe me, ask Jeb Bush,” penned Schoen.
In an interview, he said that the “silent majority” today “is different, they’re angrier now.” And he said that Trump, more than challenger Sen. Ted Cruz, has figured them out. “Trump has managed to operate in a way to mobilize a constituency that I think is more more reminiscent of Richard Nixon…than Cruz who is a hard-nosed ideologue,” said Schoen.