“ . . . the portraits of Nixon as hidden persuader and a middle-class striver both fed liberal fears that something like fascism might come to American shores. The demagoguery and the use of ‘the Big Lie,‘ the high-tech propaganda, even the lingering whiff of anti-Semitism—these traits suggested, if as a distant and unlikely scenario, the makings of an authoritarian who would prey upon a docile public (68).