A lot of people have made comparisons between the 1980 wave that elected Ronald Reagan and this year’s election. They are so wrong.
Meg Jacobs is a Research Scholar at Princeton University and author of Panic at the Pump: The Energy Crisis and the Transformation of American Politics in the 1970s She tweets at @MegJacobs100.
In memory, Reagan’s victory seems easy and inevitable. It was anything but. And the parallels to today are a little creepy.