At The American Conservative, Daniel Bring reminds Democrats that the last time they allowed the far left to take over the party’s platform, they were handed one of the worst defeats in electoral history. The 1972 beatdown that Richard Nixon gave George McGovern was as much or more about Americans’ distaste for the liberalism of George McGovern as it was about the electability of Richard Nixon. Bring writes (abridged):
In the general election of 1972, Nixon won with the largest landslide in a contested presidential election in U.S. history.
His left-wing Democratic opponent, Senator George McGovern of South Dakota, became infamous as the candidate of “acid, amnesty, and abortion.”
Nixon’s winning strategy centered on the complicity of McGovern in the social and moral decay of 1970s America.
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