George McGovern 1922-2012

Nicholas Wapshott sat down with George McGovern in 1995, before Obama was elected, and asked the losing Democratic presidential candidate where he went wrong. ‘A liberal carries a certain burden which is difficult to translate into the voting majority,’ he said. 'Probably still would be.'

The portrayal of a candidate's liberal beliefs as a fatal weakness radically changed how Democrats present themselves. ‘It is the reason the two Democrats who have gotten to the White House in the last 40 years, Carter and Clinton, were both Southern governors,’ explained McGovern. ‘You couldn't accuse them of wanting to impose northern liberalism on the country.'           

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