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Ken Burch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-30-07 11:32 PM
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111. The "Superdelegates" are not a result of the McGovern reforms, but a rollback of them
Edited on Sun Sep-30-07 11:32 PM by Ken Burch
The DLC continues to hold to the myth that the Dems lost in '72 because the convention wasn't restricted enough to bitter, cynical, ideal-hating old white men.

The idea of superdelegates was to put a large bloc of conservative, antihope and anti-Rainbow hacks in position to stop a charismatic progressive candidate from being nominated.

This ended up having little effect, because unfortunately, we had repeated primary contests in which the blandest, lamest, most uninspiring candidate(Mondale, Dukakis, Kerry)was imposed on the whole party basically because New Hampshire and Iowa liked them.
We know what this led to.

The McGovern reforms weren't the cause of the 1972 train wreck: the Nixon dirty tricks and the sabotauge of the McGovern fall campaign by the party insiders were the cause. It's time for the lies to stop on this.

Scoop Jackson or Hubert Humphrey would ALSO have lost 49 states that fall, especially after the Nixon China trip made electing a Democratic Cold Warrior a pointless idea.
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