* Yes, I know Carter won. But he won by just two percent over Gerald Ford, who had never run in a national or even statewide election, in an election in the shadow of Watergate, the Nixon pardon and the Agnew resignation, and turned out not to have the political skill or public support to govern effectively. After Watergate, the Democrats should have won by twenty points, not two, should have ushered in an era of Democratic dominance to rival the New Deal and the Great Society, and made Reagan, and the disaster he wrought, inconceivable..