The big news here in Washington this weekend was the passing of George McGovern, who ran against Richard Nixon in 1972 and lost in a landslide.
The anti-war McGovern even lost Hawaii, carrying only Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. Nixon was eventually implicated in the Watergate break-in of Democratic National Committee headquarters and an ensuing cover-up.
The obituaries for McGovern were everywhere. Here are some of them:
- CNN: George McGovern, an unabashed liberal voice, is dead at 90
- The Nation: George McGovern: American Patriot and Truth-Teller
- New York Times: A Prairie Liberal, Trounced but Never Silenced
Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye, who, like McGovern, was first sworn in to the U.S. Senate in 1963, put out the following statement Sunday:
I am very saddened to learn of George McGovern’s passing. He was without question one of the most decent members of the United States Senate. We need more George McGoverns today. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.
— Michael Levine