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(NPR)   As Election Day approaches, things are looking pretty grim for George McGovern. This is not a repeat from 1972   (npr.org) divider line 44
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2012-10-16 08:27:30 PM
In retrospect, yeah, I wish he had won back in 1972...
 
2012-10-16 08:54:43 PM

Candygram4Mongo: In retrospect, yeah, I wish he had won back in 1972...


Just think how this country would have turned out without 2 terms of Nixon.
 
2012-10-16 10:54:10 PM
I took a week off of college to work on his campaign the last week before the election. (University supported that as an "educational opportunity".) Drove flyers all day to the poll workers in my town at the various schools. At the end of the day, as we watched the results come in, we started laughing hysterically because it was so incredibly one-sided. Funny, but very sad.

Go with grace, Senator. You'll be fondly remembered.
 
2012-10-17 01:39:00 AM
NPR is Farked?
 
2012-10-17 02:59:28 AM
It's a shame that your page is lost, but at least it's in good company; stick around to browse through NPR stories about lost people, places, and things that still haven't turned up.
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Researchers are still trying to figure out what happened to aviator Amelia Earhart, who disappeared while flying over the South Pacific in 1937.
 
2012-10-17 03:17:48 AM
I'm sorry to hear that. Peace be with you and your family, Senator.
 
2012-10-17 03:28:22 AM
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Now I feel really bad for George...
 
2012-10-17 03:29:42 AM

Candygram4Mongo: In retrospect, yeah, I wish he had won back in 1972...


He might have, which is the reasons the Republicans threw only the best dirty tricks at him so he could lose.

Interesting election times:. Muskgee on acid and Eagleburger made out to be the greatest threat to our country. Sheer coincidence.
 
2012-10-17 03:31:35 AM
sad. and at this time in history america really needs more war hero good old boy liberals from south dakota.

and kansas. and nebraska. and missouri. did they all move to california or what?
 
2012-10-17 03:34:15 AM
"I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in."
 
2012-10-17 03:56:42 AM

Suicide of a Phoenix: "I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in."


I remember my Mother was horrified that the people in the US would treat a man that had flown 35 missions over Europe so dismissively..
 
2012-10-17 04:06:58 AM
Great guy. Nixon had that 'Red Scare' thing goin', alas.
 
2012-10-17 04:13:53 AM
Nixon also had a secret plan to fix America's problems and was similarly short on providing details.
 
2012-10-17 04:19:06 AM
I just hope people remember what a bad a choice people made by not electing him.
I wouldn't be surprised if his dying words were "I told you so".
 
2012-10-17 04:31:57 AM
gibbon1 I remember my Mother was horrified that the people in the US would treat a man that had flown 35 missions over Europe so dismissively..

meh, stay tuned for Clinton over Bush I, Clinton over Dole, Obama over McCain...in the past JFK once remarked you dare not run for office if you didn't fight, those days are over 
 
2012-10-17 05:04:37 AM
Specter, now McGovern. Politician trifecta in play?

/Very sad news.
 
2012-10-17 05:08:52 AM

Taima: Specter, now McGovern. Politician trifecta in play?

/Very sad news.


Please oh please Mitt for the trifecta.
Lightning, meteor, heart attack, I'm not choosy.
 
2012-10-17 06:15:11 AM
media.web.britannica.com

Is waiting for the last honest man to come home.
 
2012-10-17 06:28:30 AM

FlyingJ: meh, stay tuned for Clinton over Bush I, Clinton over Dole, Obama over McCain


Those men were never called weak-kneed yellow-bellied pussies by their opponents. Unlike McGovern and Kerry and other liberal veterans.

See the difference?
 
2012-10-17 06:37:08 AM
America really squandered an opportunity to have a truly great leader back in '72. I don't think that there's been a more honest, earnest, and trustworthy major politician than Senator McGovern. He should be remembered as one of America's true political heroes - dedicating his life to ending hunger here in the United States and globally both in and out of office. He will truly be missed.
 
2012-10-17 06:56:31 AM

DjangoStonereaver: Is waiting for the last honest man to come home.


For anyone who has not yet read Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72, just farking read it already. You won't regret it. I promise.
 
2012-10-17 07:58:38 AM

whidbey: Interesting election times:. Muskgee on acid and Eagleburger made out to be the greatest threat to our country. Sheer coincidence.


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2012-10-17 08:16:48 AM

Pontious Pilates: DjangoStonereaver: Is waiting for the last honest man to come home.

For anyone who has not yet read Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72, just farking read it already. You won't regret it. I promise.


No doubt.
 
2012-10-17 08:28:50 AM

JustinCase: Pontious Pilates: DjangoStonereaver: Is waiting for the last honest man to come home.

For anyone who has not yet read Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72, just farking read it already. You won't regret it. I promise.

No doubt.


And they just re-released a 25th Anniversary edition, both in paper & e-book form.
 
2012-10-17 08:33:53 AM

Suicide of a Phoenix: "I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in."


McGovern then advocated US military intervention in Cambodia.
 
2012-10-17 08:40:11 AM
One of my last hero's.
"Stay clean for Gene" '72 political slogan amongst us hippies/heads

Wishing you a smooth transition sir.
 
2012-10-17 08:40:39 AM
I went as far as tearing Wallace stickers off the bumpers of cars...
 
2012-10-17 08:50:33 AM
I waited on his table at a restaurant here in DC. Good tipper, the 'govern. Told me I would live a full life.
 
2012-10-17 08:54:31 AM
Hopefully, he will live to see his grandson win a second term.
 
2012-10-17 09:01:26 AM

Frizbone: I went as far as tearing Wallace stickers off the bumpers of cars...


And I ain't even got a garage, you can call home and ask my wife.
 
2012-10-17 09:07:12 AM
godspeed, peacemaker
 
2012-10-17 09:18:17 AM

DjangoStonereaver: JustinCase: Pontious Pilates: DjangoStonereaver: Is waiting for the last honest man to come home.

For anyone who has not yet read Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72, just farking read it already. You won't regret it. I promise.

No doubt.

And they just re-released a 25th Anniversary edition, both in paper & e-book form.


Very nice, thank you for letting me know! With intro by Matt Taibbi, that's interesting... For the longest time, I thought Taibbi was trying too hard to be the new HST. I've come to enjoy his work, though. Another HST he'll never be, but he does have an admirable wit and way with words.
 
2012-10-17 09:43:57 AM
This is a must read.

McGovern was a hell of a pilot.


www.reverebooksonline.com
 
2012-10-17 10:08:24 AM
He's the kind of example we need. The lesson learned that voting from fear is never a winning move, and voting for diplomacy always reaps reword.
 
2012-10-17 10:44:10 AM

The Irresponsible Captain: He's the kind of example we need. The lesson learned that voting from fear is never a winning move, and voting for diplomacy always reaps reword.


Freudian typo detected? Also, regarding the unassailable peace-bearing wonders of diplomacy:

i.telegraph.co.uk
 
2012-10-17 10:54:01 AM
McGovern was a man of good conscience, a fine scholar, honest, and a fine Senator. But I'm not so sure he would have made a good president. Obviously the Democratic Party didn't think so either, since they pretty much hung him out to dry. He had no chance of defeating Tricky Dick.
 
2012-10-17 11:28:13 AM

Maud Dib: This is a must read.

McGovern was a hell of a pilot.

[www.reverebooksonline.com image 333x480]


This. Also, his mother never called his father (who was a minister) by his first name. What kinda kinky early 20th century lifestyle power exchange shiat is that? Anyway, it musta built character.
 
2012-10-17 11:38:48 AM

Pontious Pilates: DjangoStonereaver: Is waiting for the last honest man to come home.

For anyone who has not yet read Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72, just farking read it already. You won't regret it. I promise.


It's his best work. I began to understand politics by reading this in the late 70s.
 
2012-10-17 12:19:04 PM
I imagine George was very, very proud of Barack Obama's election in 2008. Obama won with the Democratic Party coalition that McGovern put together for the first time back in 1972: young voters, minorities, women, "interest voters". America wasn't ready for that in 1972 but by 2008 those people had become an electoral majority, or at least enough of a plurality to elect Obama.

McGovern was a political visionary in that he saw that the old Democratic coalition of the old New-Dealers, Deep-South Dixiecrats and organized labor was fracturing and starting to vote Republican. It's how Nixon was elected in 1968 and how he was re-elected in 1972. McGovern, with the help of some groundbreaking new rules for selecting delegates to the 1972 convention, put together a new coalition of people who had largely been written off before. It took 36 years but McGovern's coalition finally won the victory they had been working for since then.

So sad to hear that he's leaving us.
 
2012-10-17 12:38:14 PM
plewis I waited on his table at a restaurant here in DC. Good tipper, the 'govern. Told me I would live a full life.

So you got that goin' for ya?


Maud Dib This is a must read.

Yup
 
2012-10-17 02:32:56 PM

Kozmopoliskepticalopsis: I imagine George was very, very proud of Barack Obama's election in 2008.


Maybe, maybe not. McGovern voted for Gerald Ford in 1976.
 
2012-10-17 03:19:26 PM
In honor of the 1972 Democratic nominee:

"The tragedy of all this is that George McGovern, for all his mistakes... understands what a fantastic monument to all the best instincts of the human race this country might have been, if we could have kept it out of the hands of greedy little hustlers like Richard Nixon. McGovern made some stupid mistakes, but in context they seem almost frivolous compared to the things Richard Nixon does every day of his life, on purpose... Jesus! Where will it end? How low do you have to stoop in this country to be President?"
Hunter Thompson
 
2012-10-17 09:41:44 PM

wooden_badger: Frizbone: I went as far as tearing Wallace stickers off the bumpers of cars...

And I ain't even got a garage, you can call home and ask my wife.


Obscure, yes, but I remember that song... 

/damn, I'm old
 
2012-10-18 03:45:45 AM

on the road: "The tragedy of all this is that George McGovern, for all his mistakes... understands what a fantastic monument to all the best instincts of the human race this country might have been, if we could have kept it out of the hands of greedy little hustlers like Richard Nixon. McGovern made some stupid mistakes, but in context they seem almost frivolous compared to the things Richard Nixon does every day of his life, on purpose... Jesus! Where will it end? How low do you have to stoop in this country to be President?"
Hunter Thompson


If the good doctor had stuck around he could have found out.
 
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