Wednesday, November 12, 2008

George McGovern on Losing Big

Interesting quote from a fine McCain campaign postmortem by David Grann in this week's New Yorker:
"George McGovern, who lost to Richard Nixon in 1972, told me about the anguish he felt when he returned to the Senate—as McCain will soon do. “I thought everyone was either scorning me or pitying me,” McGovern recalled. In 1989, he said, he ran into Walter Mondale, who had lost in a landslide to Ronald Reagan five years earlier. “He said, ‘George, how long does it take to get over it after you’ve lost?’ I said, ‘I’ll let you know when I get there.’ ”

Two other must-reads: 

A landmark, epic piece entitled "After the Imperial Presidency" wherein the NY Time's Jonathan Mahler charts the recent expansion of executive branch power.

and David Remnick's "Race and the campaign of Barack Obama" (also in the New Yorker)

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