There’s a lot to like about this man whom Bobby Kennedy once called the most decent man in the Senate.
While I am recovering from surgery, I picked up a new edition of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail 1972 (the new foreword by Matt Taibbi is terrific and really puts the book and the good Doctor in perspective, which is no simple task), and I am reminded once again of what a different world we could have had.
I am also reminded of how little things have changed. The ugly face of centrism shows up in the book, media packaging; uninvolved electorate, the entire sitting out of the process; spineless Dims selling out the party and being afraid of their own positions; both sides co-opted by money’ed interests, and so on.
And of course, all of this happens before St. Ronnie really screws things up.
I’ve gotten off track of wishing Senator McGovern a happy birthday. I hope that he is enjoying himself today. It’s worth noting that so many of the people who went up against him are not hear to see this. That’s gotta be worth an extra slice of cake.