Editorial: Shasta County once voted for 'amnesty, abortion and acid'
When George McGovern, the former South Dakota senator and 1972 Democratic presidential candidate, died last weekend, liberals of an earlier generation lost a champion of their ideals whom history remembers not least for his disastrous White House run.
McGovern lost 49 states, all but Massachusetts, against Richard Nixon, who would resign less than two years later when the depth of the Watergate scandal was inescapable.
With McGovern's passing, Shasta County also loses something: a link to a political era when its voters were of a decidedly different mind.
In that presidential race 40 years ago, only the most liberal bastions in America turned out for McGovern. Within California, which embraced Nixon like the native son he was, those dens of left-wing dissent included San Francisco, Alameda County (home of Berkeley and Oakland) and Shasta County.