1. nick says

    George McGovern was a fine man and he was my first presidential vote. He was a true liberal and man with a social consciousness that does not exist today. I laugh today when I hear that anyone in the Democratic party is referred to as a liberal. No-they are moderate Republicans at best. McGovern was a national treasure.

  2. Josh says

    He was the first presidential candidate whom I voted for as well. A very kind, accessible man who I really do believe would have been an amazingly effective president, had the times been just a tad different.

  3. jamal49 says

    The first presidential election I would vote. I walked into the voting booth and pulled that lever proudly for George McGovern. He was then, and remained, the most decent, honorable man in U.S. politics. He was then, and still is, one of my heroes. Rest in peace, gentle man. You did well.

    OFF TOPIC: Towelroad, can you remove that nonsense for PLAVIX_HEALTH? I’m seeing a lot of this crap here lately.

  4. Hank Plante says

    I knew George McGovern was a decent guy when I watched him take a ‘wrong number’ phone call. I was interviewing him in his Senate office when the call came-in to his private line. He took the call and had to explain over-and-over to the stunned caller that he had reached Senator McGovern in the Capitol. This went on for a good five minutes with McGovern never losing patience. Oh yes, and he was right about Nixon too. — Hank Plante

  5. candideinnc says

    I am ashamed to say I voted against him. I didn’t wake up to the ugliness of the Rethug party until Reagan’s second term. Wish I could take those votes back.

  6. says

    Where is the mention that it was because of George McGovern that gay rights first officially entered a presidential election when he rewarded gays in California who had helped him win the 1972 California primary by letting the first out gay man, San Francisco’s Jim Foster, speak at a Democratic National Convention? He was inconsistent on the issue itself, and let his homophobic handlers torpedo the first gay rights plank, but he publicly apologized for the extremes to which they went. And even just flirting, so to speak, with gays, was one of the reasons powerful AFL-CIO president George Meany gave for not endorsing him [in addition to bitterness that labor darling Hubert Humphrey had lost the nomination]: “The Democratic Party has been taken over by people named Jack who look like Jills and smell like Johns.” Meany also sneered at those who wanted to legalize “marriage between boys and boys, and also girls and girls,” and growled about New York’s delegation to the Convention: “What kind of delegation is this? They’ve got six open fags and only three AFL-CIO people on that delegation!”

    Actually, the only “open fag” at the convention beside delegate Foster was alternate Lowell Williams from Minnesota, though there were two out lesbians alternates from New York in addition to delegate Madeline Davis who was also allowed to speak: Renee Cafiero and Danece Covello. How many of the hundreds at this year’s convention knew that they stood on the shoulders of those five from 1972, or how much they owe to the straight man from South Dakota whose death we mourn today, and that his career in the US Senate was finally killed in 1980 by a self-loathing gay Republican named Terry Dolan who was one of the pioneers of using uncontrolled fundraising to poison political campaigns still sickening the nation today?

    Rest in peace, Mr. McGovern. I will always be proud of having campaigned for you.!/photo.php?fbid=3377199368424&set=a.1058500922412.8818.1822575019&type=1&theater

  7. anon says

    Uhm. Well, historically, his loss was far more influential than his campaign. Essentially, both parties moved to the right after he lost as far as nominees were concerned and the fair primary system he won his nomination under was gutted in favor of the current Democratic “super-delegate” system, which vetoes populist candidates. Obama was the most populist nominee ever to win, and he needed the support of Nancy Pelosi and the Chicago Democratic machine (what remains of the Daley machine) to do it. Obama is also much more cautious than McGovern.

    The more bizarre legacy was that even though Nixon knew that he was way out in front of McGovern early in the race, he was so paranoid that we ended up with Watergate anyway. It was a pointless provocation on his part. It has been speculated that Nixon was worried that McGovern had the goods on Nixon in such a way that once revealed Nixon would be toast. Theories as to what that might have been could fill books, but a popular one put out recently was a gay affair with mob banker and Nixon bag man Charles “Bebe” Rebozo.

  8. ratbastard says

    McGovern [RIP] was no doubt a genuinely decent man; that said, he ran TERRIBLE campaigns that severely tarnished the liberal ‘Brand’, with Jimmy Carter pretty much finishing the job.

    It goes without saying that Nixon was a scoundrel [as was LBJ who preceded him, who had all the hallmarks of a psychopath; historians now say LBJ actually had people murdered on his orders during Texas election campaigns, and some think he was involved in the JFK assassination]. But by today’s standards Nixon was a liberal, who championed various ‘liberal’ social causes that we today take for granted.

    When looking at the last half century, LBJ was probably the most effective president in getting legislation passed, followed by Nixon and Reagan, and to a degree Bill Clinton [who would be considered moderate not left liberal or ‘progressive’ by early to mid 20th century standards], but by Clinton’s era, politics and society had changed, and governing was not as easy as it was for early presidents. Carter, both Bushes, and Obama are duds. And I suspect George McGovern would have likewise been a dud if had become president.

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