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    question about《My life》

    from Bill Clinton《My life》:
    My campaign had been gaining momentum, but with the albatross of Nixon lifted from Hammerschmidts shoulders, you could feel the air go out of it.

    How to understand this sentence?

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    Re: question about《My life》

    The idea of the albatross is from a poem called The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

    It symbolizes a burden you have to carry to atone for bad deeds. Nixon was a real problem for the Republican party but if that burden no longer exists, then the Republicans are no longer operating at a disadvantage.

    Picture a balloon. It's full of air. It looks healthy, happy, full - ready to fly. Then the air comes out of it. It can no longer fly. It's not robust. Does that help you understand the metaphor?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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