It was 1928 the last time the GOP won without a Nixon or a Bush on the ticket. Americans have always elected the sleaziest candidate they could find. It seems the GOP has a hard time finding somebody sleazy enough.
And, since some nitwit always challenges that, here is the list:
Herbert Hoover March 4, 1929 – March 4, 1933 NO BUSH, NO NIXON
Ike January 20, 1953 – January 20, 1961 VP Richard Nixon
Richard Nixon January 20, 1969 – August 9, 1974
Ronald Reagan January 20, 1981 – January 20, 1989 VP George H. W. Bush
George H. W. Bush January 20, 1989 – January 20, 1993
George W. Bush January 20, 2001 – January 20, 2009
Nixon was not exactly a crook, he was just a normal politician who fell badly out of favor. Goldwater was probably the most upright dude who ever ran for the office, and he got trounced. So whatever you think of Nixon, remember that the American people wanted him instead of several other people.
Nixon BURGLARIZED the Democrat headquarters. Other men who helped him had to go to prison, which is what should have happened to him.