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September 08, 2003

Silliness of Dean-McGovern Comparison

Once again, you have a major paper quoting people discussing the supposed comparison between Dean and McGovern.

This is ludicrous.

McGovern did not lose because he was too liberal. He lost because the party he was nominated for was hopelessly divided over the Vietnam War.

And one of the notable facts about McGovern is that he is the only Democrat since before Roosevelt that the AFL-CIO did not endorse for the Presidency-- a critical factor in his crushing defeat.

Whether Dean gets a labor endorsement in the primary, he will have the AFL-CIO endorsement for the general election if nominated and the most massive union mobilization on his behalf since Truman in 1948.

If the GOP expects a McGovern-like campaign from Dean (or frankly any of the candidates), let them delude themselves. They'll be surprised when they get Truman's campaign instead.

Posted by Nathan at September 8, 2003 06:32 PM