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  •  Dr. Warren is up against some serious interests... (2+ / 0-)
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    raster44, FresnoBill314

    Here is some of what happened in our common history...

    (I don't know if this is true, but this is current on Wikipedia:)

    On April 25, 1972, George McGovern won the Massachusetts primary and journalist Robert Novak phoned Democratic politicians around the country, who agreed with his assessment that blue-collar workers voting for McGovern did not understand what he really stood for. On April 27, 1972 Novak reported in a column that an unnamed Democratic senator had said of McGovern: "The people don’t know McGovern is for amnesty, abortion and legalization of pot. Once middle America – Catholic middle America, in particular – finds this out, he’s dead." The label stuck and McGovern became known as the candidate of "amnesty, abortion and acid."

    Novak was accused of manufacturing the quote and to rebut the criticism, Novak took the senator to lunch after the campaign and asked whether he could identify him as the source but the senator said he would not allow his identity to be revealed. "Oh, he had to run for re-election. The McGovernites would kill him if they knew he had said that," says Novak.

    For years speculation continued that Novak had, in effect, acted as a surrogate for either other Democratic candidates or for the Republicans; an allegation Novak denied. Novak refused to identify his source until, on July 15, 2007 he disclosed on Meet the Press that the unnamed senator was Thomas Eagleton (McGovern’s first running mate, who later resigned from the ticket); there was also the comment that if this was known in 1972, Eagleton would not have been on the ticket.

    I don't trust that this is fact, given the sources, but Novak is an amateur compared to what Elizabeth Warren is facing.

    We can only follow the money and hope that truth will prevail.

    •  The way I remember it... (0+ / 0-)

      ....was that sometime after McGovern had chosen Eagleton as running mate, it was leaked that Eagleton had been hospitalized for depression and received electroshock therapy as a result.  When McGovern told the press that he "backed Tom 1,000%," then dropped him a week later, that was when George lost my vote and the American Communist Party got it on election day.

      "Elephant! What Elephant?" - Jimmy Durante, "Jumbo"

      by FresnoBill314 on Mon Dec 05, 2011 at 10:44:32 AM PST

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