Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)

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Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)

Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)

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Groups of men with nothing to talk about — say, at a mediocre party — will find common ground in sports statistics.

Jack Anderson got burned so badly on that, and was so embarrassed publicly that it appeared – for reasons he could never explain – that he was just taking a cheap shot at Eagleton, and Eagleton came off looking better than he had before Anderson had started. Ed: So the public’s perception of McGovern was distorted – but you think that McGovern essentially was at the root of that distortion. If you have half a story and you don’t know the rest, you use what you have to pry the rest out of someone. And you can be damned sure he wouldn’t try to prove his manhood by prolonging a war that shouldn’t have been started in the first place.

There was never any question of winning, but the shock set in when people began to sense the dimensions of it, how bad it was…. What was once the natural kind of constituency for that kind of person – the Stevenson constituency, the traditional liberal – has lost faith, I think, in everything that Liberalism was supposed to stand for. There is a definite scarcity of genuine, high-voltage Crank on the market these days – and according to recent statements by official spokesmen for the Justice Department in Washington, that’s solid evidence of progress in Our War Against Dangerous Drugs.

I suspect that’s really one of the roots of the thinking of at least half of the ranking staff people in McGovern’s campaign, even now…. McGovern ended up turning to the center in the general election, but simultaneously failed to win over Nixon voters while alienating himself from the coalition Thompson dubs the “Freak Power Ticket” that got him there in the first place.He was told by True Davis, who had run against Eagleton in the Democratic primary for senator in 1968 in Missouri, that the records were in a box in an office in St.

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