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I got to thinking this morning, what does the 'pub campaign remind me of?  And it hit me.  Where the 'pubs are now reminds me a whole lot of where the Democrats were about this time in 1972.  Younger liberals like me were excited as all hell about nominating Sen. McGovern, but the enthusiasm was shared dramatically less as the demographic rose above age 30.  Party "regulars" were upset and there was already muttering about "Democrats for Nixon".  Any support he had from the "base" was pretty much limited to the anti-war Left.  Organized labor; moderates; Democratic elected officials, not so much.  Of course, as it turned out, the Democratic convention that year was pretty much a disaster.  Subsequently, Sen. McGovern was just pounded by Nixon and his campaign, and he proved to be too modest to bring up his own war record.  George McGovern was one of the genuine heroes of WWII and Stephen Ambrose wrote an excellent book about McGovern and the other Americans who flew B-24s over Europe during the war.  Had he talked about that more, it might not have been quite as easy to portray him as "weak".

But this is a question for those of you who, like me, are old enough to remember the '72 election year or have read about it.  Isn't Romney's situation vis-a-vis the 'pubs somewhat similar and may we look forward to a similar result in November?  I will stipulate, Romney has no saving grace like Sen. McGovern's unspoken-of heroism in the service of his country.

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)

    "The test of our progress is not whether we add to the abundance of those who have much. It is whether we provide enough to those who have little. " --Franklin D. Roosevelt

    by jg6544 on Wed Jul 18, 2012 at 01:48:36 PM PDT

  •  I was there, it was my first (3+ / 0-)
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    Bindle, kevinpdx, bythesea

    presidential vote. I can agree with a lot of what you are saying.  One difference is that younger voters like us idolized McGovern, and I can't see anyone who idolizes Romney. His
    his own party barely tolerates him.

  •  The thing about Romney (2+ / 0-)
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    bythesea, Spirit of Life

    is that he's not the candidate whose time hasn't come, he's the one whose time has passed.  Sending a wall street outsourcer whose only government experience is crafting legislation that is not liked by his base?  That guy's got nothing for anyone in an era where we are all very suspicious of fat cat tycoons and "socialized medicine."

    In 72, the dems had a split base.  Today, the republicans have drummed their centrists all the way out of the party.  The lunatics are in charge of the asylum.

    •  lunatics (0+ / 0-)

      While I wouldn't have agreed then and certainly wouldn't now, that's exactly what a lot of moderate and conservative Democrats said about the '72 convention.

      "The test of our progress is not whether we add to the abundance of those who have much. It is whether we provide enough to those who have little. " --Franklin D. Roosevelt

      by jg6544 on Wed Jul 18, 2012 at 02:25:18 PM PDT

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      •  Yes, (1+ / 0-)
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        but our nominee was one of us lunatics.  Or so we felt.  Their nominee isn't well liked by their lunatics.  He's old guard.  Not an ideologue at all, just a filthy opportunist.  

        Plus, their lunatics really are lunatics.

  •  Interesting comparison. (0+ / 0-)

    One that I wouldn't have thought because it was before my time and hasn't since been discussed often enough to come to mind in this context.  I hope you are correct (especially regarding outcome)!

  •  I was there too - but not old enough (0+ / 0-)

    to vote for McGovern by ONE LOUSY YEAR!!  I have always regreted not being able to vote for him.  He had huge support amongst my hippie friends.

    Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you. -Carl Jung, psychiatrist (1875-1961) (A THOUGHT FOR TODAY from A Word a Day - AWAD)

    by Spirit of Life on Wed Jul 18, 2012 at 06:41:15 PM PDT

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