Think of this as Volume 16, Number 38 of A-Clue.com, the online newsletter I've written since 1997. Enjoy.
A new set of assumptions, a political Thesis with a Myth and Values seeking Power, is uniquely vulnerable at this time. Because it's seeking validation for the very first time.
In 1972 Richard Nixon knew this, and he gamed the Democratic Party's nomination process to get the opponent he wanted. He let his paranoia rule him, he was destroyed by that paranoia, but the more important point is that the new assumptions held.
Not just in 1972, but throughout the period of Republican Party ascendency that followed.