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I’ve Seen This Movie
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Posted By: MissMolly, 1/31/2020 4:55:10 AM

Reboots are all the rage in Hollywood these days, and also in politics it seems. There’s something familiar about a Democratic nomination contest featuring a former Vice President trying to fend off a challenge from a far left Senator who enjoys the enthusiastic backing of the frenzied left for the privilege of facing off against a Republican incumbent that Democrats loathe with the intensity of a thousand white hot suns. Oh yeah—that was 1972, when the George McGovern insurgency ended Hubert Humphrey’s presidential ambitions. There are some lessons to be learned from that long ago contest, including how the party establishment was unable to stop McGovern, partly

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Reply 1 - Posted by: varkdriver 1/31/2020 5:25:35 AM (No. 302767)
Hunter S. Thompson covered the 1972 campaign brilliantly, with the help of plenty of alcohol and "medications". I make it a point to re-read "Fear And Loathing On The Campaign Trail '72" during the run-up to each presidential election. Hayward is right; this is a case of the favorite [Muskie and later Humphrey in '72, Creepy Uncle Joe today] suddenly looking vulnerable by an upstart. Also a repeat of the Dem nomination in 2016, until The Hildabeest squashed Bernie with the all-powerful superdelegates. And as noted, unlike Commie Bernie, McGovern served as a B-24 pilot in WWII. I've read that the Liberator was a handful to fly under normal conditions; after taking some hits, it took plenty of effort by everyone to get her home. Can't wait to cast my primary vote for Amy K. K as in K.A.O.S. [for all you Get Smart fans]
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Reply 2 - Posted by: ramona 1/31/2020 5:48:00 AM (No. 302776)
McGovern - and HHH- were misguided but basically decent human beings. I see no parallels in today's DNC. Ramona (the Pest)
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Reply 3 - Posted by: BeatleJeff 1/31/2020 7:49:59 AM (No. 302848)
Reboots and endless sequels are all the rage amongst Hollywood writers because they are completely out of original ideas, or at least out of original ideas that the public would be willing to pay to see.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Chuzzles 1/31/2020 8:27:51 AM (No. 302889)
The rot and corruption IMO has never been at such toxic levels until Obama and Perez got their slimy mitts on the DNC. George McGovern even admitted once during an interview done before he passed that one of his biggest mistakes when he was in congress was to assume he knew anything about business or how one is run. I found that honesty refreshing on his part. Congress needs to run more business people in their elections, for the business climate is so important to our nation's economic health. Right now in congress, we have people who see business as nothing more than revenue producing deep pockets for them to raid, vs one of the most important parts of our nation's security and health. That cannot stand forever without trouble. What we see in the current campaign is full economic ignorance on display for everyone to see, vs somebody who actually knows how to create jobs and a booming economy. So their solution is to try and remove him prior to the election, because they know they cannot defeat him otherwise. They are pulling the biggest case of voter fraud and election tampering in our history. We have to do our part to stop them.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: JackBurton 1/31/2020 9:10:30 AM (No. 302925)
I've seen that last repartee on social media. "Who do you plan to support?" "Probably your whole family if Bernie wins." Winning
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Reply 6 - Posted by: MDConservative 1/31/2020 10:57:02 AM (No. 303061)
The times in '72 were certainly different than today. The UNIPARTY hadn't formed to fleece the American systems and people for billions, nor create a "global economy". There was a national consensus that Communism/Socialism/Fascism were not improvements on free enterprise and to be opposed by the "Free World" led by the US. China was an enigma, almost as much a hermit as North Korea. Anyone who opposed continuing the Vietnam War in 1972 was labeled a commie. McGovern's cornerstone was his opposition to the war. The rest was filigree. Don't forget, this was still in an era of a strong economy, a civil rights movement, with liberal carry-over from the Great Society of LBJ. Texas was a Democrat stronghold. California was competitive, where Ronald Reagan was governor. Democrat/Independent Gov. George Wallace was a electoral college force in the deep south, and moving northward. McGovern likely would be a RINO in the Senate today.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: qr4j 1/31/2020 5:44:20 PM (No. 303448)
It is my understanding that Obama is not too keen on Sanders as the nominee. If that is true, it may or may not mean much. Anything could happen, of course, but I just don't see a self-professed socialist being elected to the White House. People like having jobs with wages that are going up. It doesn't matter whether you are black or white or brown or cream or olive or whatever. People like lower tax rates, too. I really hope Mr. Trump kicks some major butt in November. After the shenanigans of the Democrats re Russiagate and impeachment, the Left deserves to be slaughtered politically at the ballot box.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Ming 1/31/2020 7:21:51 PM (No. 303577)
#2, very well stated. Thank you.
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