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George McGovern (1922-2012)

The former presidential candidate deserves to be remembered for much more than a disastrous defeat

By James McAuley  

F Scott Fitzgerald once bitterly remarked that there are no second acts in American lives. One wonders what the author of The Great Gatsby would have made of George McGovern, the 1972 Democratic presidential contender who lost to Richard Nixon in one of the biggest landslides in American history and who died yesterday at the age of 90.

In some ways, McGovern was a character straight out of…

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