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Saturday, August 09, 2003


Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '04

posted by Aziz P. at Saturday, August 09, 2003 permalink View blog reactions

Here and over at the DDF we have been extensively combating the notion that Dean is McGivern and that 2004 is 1972 redux. There certainly is some irony in the fact that the ostensible center (the DLC) has effectively moved to the right (on the war), and thus accuses Dean of leftism from their new vantage point.

However, Jim over at Burnt Orange Report has an original analysis of the Dean McGovern issue, derived from reading the seminal book on the topic, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 by Hunter S. Thompson.

Jim notes that the first question we should be asking is, if Dean is McGovern, then what does that make the other candidates:

At the end of the day, George McGovern was the only decent person worth voting for in 1972 (although the idea of drafting Teddy Kennedy was kicked around).

Feel free to state your own view, but if Dean is the new McGovern, I think it's only fair to say Kerry is the new Muskie, Gephardt is the new Humphrey, Lieberman is the new Scoop Jackson, Kucinich is the new McCarthy, and Ross Perot might just be the new George Wallace (again). Playing the savior-in-waiting (ala Ted Kennedy) this time around is Gen. Wesley Clark.

And Thompson very surely felt that neither Muskie nor Humphrey nor Jackson stood any chance whatsoever against Nixon.

There's much more at BOR - including the treat of what Hunter Thompson wrote about Bush a few weeks ago, which I dare not excerpt or link to here (go read Jim's post for that treat!)


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