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1972 Election

The Future of Politics

Robert Koehler | Posted 12.25.2012 | Politics
Robert Koehler

While four years ago the illusion of fundamental change, bearing the label "hope," hovered over the political landscape, today that illusion is painfully naked. The path to change is not a political one. Or is it?

George McGovern 1922-2012

Alex Simon | Posted 12.23.2012 | Politics
Alex Simon

In 2005, I had the good fortune to interview former Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern for Venice Magazine. McGovern was thoughtful, direct, and kind-hearted; a gentleman and a gentle man.

George McGovern And The Star-Studded, Wild Campaign Of 1972

Michele Willens | Posted 12.23.2012 | Fifty
Michele Willens

I recall three days traveling the state with McGovern's daughter, (who would later die tragically in the snow), Jon Voight, (times have changed) Candy Bergen, Ben Gazzara and a few others. I have never had so much fun and for all the right reasons.

In Memoriam: George McGovern and Liberal Politics

Ira Chernus | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Ira Chernus

Presidential election results have led us to think that the American people were a bit more liberal than they really were. In the same way, the mythic tale of George McGovern and the "youth vote" led us to think that the baby-boomers of "the '60s" were a bit more liberal than they really were.

George McGovern -- Prescient About America

Karl Grossman | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Karl Grossman

George McGovern, who died Sunday, was prescient about America. When he ran for president 40 years ago, he well-understood what the federal government of the United States had become, among other national dysfunctions.

Andrea Stone

Why Romney Ticket Should Shudder Over 1972

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Stone | Posted 09.20.2012 | Politics

As new polls show President Barack Obama widening his margin in Paul Ryan's home state of Wisconsin and Mitt Romney's stomping ground of Massachusetts...

From Miami Beach to Tampa, 40 Years of Fear and Loathing Democracy

Will Bunch | Posted 10.28.2012 | Politics
Will Bunch

The notion of debating policy in the public forum of a convention became a quaint relic of the era before television and before the Vince Lombardiazation of American politics, before winning wasn't everything but the only thing.

Sargent Shriver Hospitalized

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BETHESDA, Md. — A medical center spokeswoman says former Peace Corps director and vice-presidential nominee R. Sargent Shriver has been hospital...

No, Really -- Dems Should Party Like It's 1972

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

"I didn't leave the Democratic Party, they left me," disaffected Dems told themselves in 1972. Now how many sensible Republicans are looking at the sudden rise of the Tea Party and thinking exactly the same thing?

Sarah Palin is the New Nixon

Adam Hanft | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Hanft

Like Nixon, Palin draws stark lines: her paeans to the good people grown in small towns, to the pro-America part of America, is just a reiteration of Nixon's famous "silent majority."

Marvin Gaye On The 2008 Elections: A Musical Interlude

Jeff Chang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Chang

Many commentators have said that Obama's coalition has many similarities to the McGovern campaign. But there is a key difference. Demographics have shifted strongly away from Nixonland.