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NOW THAT THE NATION'S VOTERS - AT LEAST, 54% OF THOSE ELIGIBLE - HAVE GONE TO THE POLLS AND EXPRESSED THEIR WILL, WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TP REFLECT ON WHY THAT CHOICE WAS MADE, WHAT IT MEANT, AND WHAT IT WILL MEAN IN THE YEARS AHEAD.

THE CHOICE, SIMPLY PUT, WAS BETWEEN THE PAST PERFORMANCE OF ONE FALLIBLE MAN AND THE UNPROVED PROMISES OF ANOTHER.

THOSE WHO BELIEVED GALLUP AND HARRIS KNEW THAT THE OUTCOME WAS NEVER IN DOUBT.

WE KNEW THAT ORGANIZED LABOR DIDN'T LIKE MCGOVERN; THAT FACTORY WORKERS, WITH GEORGE WALLACE GONE, WOULD GO TO NIXON; THAT THE WEALTHY, WORRIED ABOUT TAXES, WOULD DO THE SAME; THAT THE MIDDLE CLASS SAW SAFER STREETS UNDER NIXON; THAT THE "ETHNICS" WANTED TO CRACK DOWN ON DISSENTERS AND DESERTERS AND THAT STUDENTS COULD NOT STICK TO ANYTHING OVER A

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