The history books will tell you Richard Nixon won the 1972 election, that George McGovern went down to the worst defeat of any presidential candidate in history. But those who write history do not take into account the moral or the good, what is right or what is wrong, what endures and what does not.
Certain people throughout history are destined, at least in the short term, to become synonymous with lost causes. This strengthens rather than diminishes the principles by which they lived. Update: George McGovern died in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Sunday morning.
Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Bob Scheer reflects on George McGovern’s life on this week’s “Left, Right and Center.” The panelists also consider whether next week’s presidential debate on foreign policy, which comes days after the spirited and contentious second encounter between the candidates, will focus on China, Afghanistan withdrawal and Libya. Or will it center on economics and America’s financial strength around the world?
With George McGovern, the former U.S. senator and Democratic challenger to Richard Nixon in the 1972 presidential election, in hospice care, “Democracy Now!” airs footage from the 2005 documentary “One Bright Shining Moment: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern.”