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Hart2008 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-30-11 03:49 PM
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66. Even great men are occasionally wrong. He had deep philosophical issues with Carter's neoliberalism
Ultimately, Carter's problems with the economy resulted from his rejection of traditional Keynesian economics. McCarthy, conversely, had headed a special Congressional committee on unemployment. There was a sharp clash of philosophies there. McCarthy didn't think Reagan could be any worse. Had the Dems nominated based on who matched up best against Reagan in '84, Reagan may not have gotten that second term. Reagan wasn't all that popular in early '84.

On the other hand, McCarthy had mentored Mondale in the Senate as Minnesota's senior Senator, and worked with Hart and the original New Democrats in the 80's. The man had a very distinguished career. He debated Wisconsin Senator Joe McCarthy on national TV when he was at the hight of his red baiting frenzy. The man had a brass pair, and he was a great thinker. The country lost a great talent by not having him serve in national office.
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