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Wed Feb 19, 2020, 10:59 AM

 

1972

In 1970 we picked up seats. In 1972 we picked a left wing candidate, McGovern, to face a very unpopular President Nixon. We lost many, many seats. History will repeat itself if our party nominates Democratic Socialist
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evertonfc Feb 2020 OP
HarlanPepper Feb 2020 #1
MarianJack Feb 2020 #2
unblock Feb 2020 #3
Coleman Feb 2020 #5
unblock Feb 2020 #6
DanTex Feb 2020 #4
Garrett78 Feb 2020 #7
Tom Rinaldo Feb 2020 #8
Aaron Pereira Feb 2020 #9

Response to evertonfc (Original post)

Wed Feb 19, 2020, 10:59 AM

1. Bernie also did some rather creative writing in 1972.

 

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Wed Feb 19, 2020, 11:21 AM

2. The McGovernites were also obnoxious.

 

I know from personal experience. 17 year old me was one of them.

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Wed Feb 19, 2020, 11:44 AM

3. i vaguely remember something about the other guy cheating.

 

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Response to unblock (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 19, 2020, 11:54 AM

5. Sorry, can't blame cheating if you lose 49 states. nt

 

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Response to Coleman (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 19, 2020, 12:11 PM

6. But you can blame the victim

 

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Response to evertonfc (Original post)

Wed Feb 19, 2020, 11:45 AM

4. And then 48 years went by.

 

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Response to DanTex (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 19, 2020, 12:14 PM

7. LOL. I love the people who think the electorate is static.

 

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Response to evertonfc (Original post)

Wed Feb 19, 2020, 12:48 PM

8. Uh, Nixon (unfortunately) was NOT an unpopular President in 1972

 

Sure, he was with anti-war protesters like me, but as you have already alluded to, we did not represent the priorities of the general public. Nixon won the middle by governing mostly in a moderate manner and moving to preempt issues that could have benefited Democrats. Nixon "opened up" China during the 1972 presidential campaign, and he signed two historic nuclear arms treaties with the Soviet Union during the same time period. The carpet bombing of Cambodia and Kent State and all that followed was in the Spring of 1970 and perhaps marked the peak of public opposition to the Vietnam War, and that helped Democrats in the Fall 1970 elections. But Nixon was also pursuing a policy of "Vietnamization" which was reducing the American footprint in Vietnam. This from Wiki:

"On August 12, the last American ground combat division left the country. However, the U.S. continued to operate the base At Long Binh. Combat patrols continued there until November 11 when the U.S. handed over the base to the South Vietnamese. After this, only 24,000 American troops remained in Vietnam and President Nixon announced that they would stay there until all U.S. POW's were freed." So by the time the 1972 elections came around the war was no longer as much of a hot button issue as it was in the 1970 Congressional elections.

Meanwhile, on the domestic front, Nixon established both the Occupational and Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) AND the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during his first term in office. Nixon was a VERY different type of political player than is Donald Trump, who revels in giving the middle finger to everyone who is not a part of his hard core base. It saddens me to say so, but Nixon, while polarizing to people like me, was far from being "a very unpopular President" He was an overwhelming favorite to defeat any Democratic candidate in 1972
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Response to evertonfc (Original post)

Wed Feb 19, 2020, 01:00 PM

9. Nixon had a 68% approval rating in 1972.

 

Just for perspective Reagan had a 58% percent approval rating 1984. Unfortunately Nixon was indeed a very popular president going into that election.
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