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July 31, 2006

Lamont and 1968

Comparing the Lieberman-Lamont race to 1968, Jonathan Alter argues "the romance of the antiwar left...gave the world Richard Nixon in 1968." Actually, it was the dedication of antiwar folks to running a constructive alternative, first McCarthy then Kennedy, that reflected the popular will that year. That was frustrated first by Kennedy's assassination and then by the Humphrey's and the Democratic leadership's refusal to honor those antiwar votes, until the last few weeks when Humphrey belated came out fully against the war-- giving him an uptick in the polls but too late to make a difference. Maybe it's the Dem leadership that should learn the lessons from 1968, since the Lamont forces are being the grownups here.

Posted by Nathan at July 31, 2006 10:44 AM