There has been a comparison of the trouble the Democratic party is in currently to that of the Republican problems after 1964. A more apt comparison would be 1976. The margin of victory both electorally and in the popular vote was about the same. Carter had 50.1% of the popular vote and 297 EC compared to 48% and 240 votes for Ford with a faithless voter going to Reagan instead of Ford. The Democrats increased their lead in Congress due to backlash from Watergate. Sound familiar. In 1980 the Republicans pulled out a charismatic candidate with a firm message in 1980 and were back in the White House. The same can happen for Democrats.