Ain't that good advice right now? Edward Stanwood's 1912 Atlantic article goes over some election superstitions held at the time; people believed "that no man possessed of a middle name could be elected President a second time" and that "that no senator can be elected President." His bottom line:

In the words of the sporting editor all records have been broken, and we may almost say that all the traditions and conventions of political campaigns and of political conduct have been affronted, if not violated. That being the case, it is somewhat late to consider whether the superstitions and traditions of a hundred or more years are to stand, in the result in November. All we can do is, to use the phrase that has become current in British politics: 'Wait and see.'

Marc made a related point a few days ago.

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