I was a McGovern delegate (district convention) in 72. We actually thought he had a chance.
When you're as right as you were you don't have to say 'I told you so'.
I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.
George S. McGovern – October 21, 2012
His sister died of alcoholism. He said dealing with her situation may have led him astray when he had to deal with Eagleton. He tried to maintain a reasonable attitude towards mental problems rather than cutting his losses.
Also two of his kids, R5. Sad. He was a good person.
Blessed are the peacemakers.
My hippie parents canvassed for him in 1972 and I used to go with them.
he was righteous.
very sad. imagine if he'd won against nixon.
Like Roosevelt, President Barack Obama has inherited a serious economic crisis, but in his first two years in office he has been met with an even worse problem: the rigid opposition of the rival party leaders to national health care and nearly every other proposal he has made. The Republican House Appropriations Committee has even voted to terminate public funding for NPR and PBS. Neither during my four years in the House of Representatives, when Dwight D. Eisenhower was in the White House, nor through eighteen years in the U.S. Senate, under John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and Richard Nixon, have I witnessed any president thwarted by the kind of narrow partisanship that has beset Obama. He has tried to avoid such divisions by publicly explaining his willingness to compromise, but these gestures have been spurned. Some of his political critics have gone so far as to express the hope that the Obama Administration will fail, even avowing their determination to hasten that failure. What has happened, one is compelled to ask, to the love of nation?
Sad. Obama really does want to carry out McGovern's policies, if only he was allowed to. I just hope Obama fairs better on election night than McGovern did. Unfortunately, I am not too optimistic about it.
His son recently passed away due to alcoholism. Very sad.
I went to Freeperville (I looked so you don't have to) to see their responses. They were actually pretty respectful and said he was honorable and wanted the best for America even if they didn't agree with his politics.
He was a good, honest, decent man, and like Jimmy Carter, a decent man cannot be a successful president.
I was saddened when he could not even get his home state of South Dakota to vote for him, nor his liberal neighbor states of Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin. Certainly, if the country knew Nixon better, and what he would become, he would have had a better chance.
Nixon ran on race, crime, and against the cultural revolution (those damned pot-smoking hippies) which was spooking the establishment.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. BUT, McGovern fucked up the Democratic party for Decades, if not permanently. All Dems that run for pres must be moderates because McGovern's way left liberalism put a stain on liberal politics and liberal politicians. Like if Reagan's 1980 run for pres had been a disaster like Goldwater's, it would have fucked up the ultra right wing for decades.
What exactly caused him such a crushing defeat? Was it him endorsing pot? Or was he just a candidate who was too soon for his time?
WTF? R15, you need to do some reading about the world before you were born, say before 1995.
In 1984, he ran again for president, preaching a resolutely liberal message. Instead of soldiers, he said, send envoys into hot spots. Be more even-handed in the Middle East. Use defense savings to build a new railroad system, create jobs, save fuel and cut pollution. Offer cheap loans to first-time home buyers. Give surplus food to the hungry.
He could not resist a dig at Watergate. "At least," he told his campaign audiences, "I don't have to check in with a probation officer before coming here."
Even so, McGovern visited Nixon and made peace.
When he failed to place second in the Massachusetts primary, the only state that had voted for him 12 years before, he withdrew. But he had won back his dignity. For many, he became an icon of liberalism.
In the 60's other pages who saw him at the Capital's trough urinal used to make jokes about how endowed McGovern was and how there must be some actual bull blood in his South Dakota cattle rancher roots. While I never managed to saw it, I have always felt the security he had in his masculinity because of his large penis made him reject war and crude shows of power.... he had no need to prove his manhood with military shows of force.
Interestingly, they did away with the open long trough urinals sometime before 1978 as they had the standard wall mounted single urinals the last time I visited the Capitol.
I'm sure he got a lot of confidence after seeing how he stacked up against the screechy little pee pee boys in DC, but he had also survived WW2 as a bomber pilot. Like all facets of combat, those "12 O'clock High" type missions could be grueling and ugly as they targeted factories and refineries deep in Axis territory. Worse, while stationed in Italy, he saw poverty and disease far worse than present even in the darkest part of the US Depression, so he knew what war could bring, and much of his confidence came from sincere education and experience.
He would have been a great president, but reactionary, racist America saw him as a wimp.
"I have always felt the security he had in his masculinity because of his large penis made him reject war and crude shows of power...."
Jesus H. Christ
Amen, R26. What. the. fuck.
He will be buried in Rock Creek Cemetery with Henry Adams and Gore Vidal.