Bob Plain is the editor/publisher of Rhode Island's Future. Previously, he's worked as a reporter for several different news organizations both in Rhode Island and across the country.

7 responses to “George McGovern: POTUS Candidate, Progressive”

  1. Pat Crowley

    Too bad McGovern sold out to anti union forces in his later years opposing the Employee Free Choice Act 

     www.dailykos.com/story/2009/04/07/717566/-The-Progressive-should-drop-McGovern-from-100th-Anniversary-Event

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  2. Samuel G. Howard

    Too bad the AFL-CIO under George Meany actively hampered his presidential run and helped create the divide between labor and other liberals.

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  3. Samuel G. Howard

    We can all do better is the takeaway there.

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  4. Pat Crowley

    No every claimed Meany was a progressive except Travis Rowley. 

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    1. Samuel G. Howard

      Fair enough!

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  5. cailin rua

    Unfortunately, in the late sixties and early seventies, the unions supported those who would usher in their demise.  I remember.  George McGovern was the first presidential candidate I voted for. 

    “ In May 1970 New York construction workers[from the Steelworkers' Union] attacked antiwar protesters during a demonstration, and a new political symbol was born. The hard hat came to symbolize working-class resentment of the antiwar movement. Nominally Democratic voters, the hard hats formed a new base of political support for Nixon and steeled his resolve to end the Vietnam War on his terms”

    webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:n2nJ66TU_TYJ:www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G2-3468302689.html+nyc+steelworkers+attack+vietnam+demonstrations&cd=3&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=safari

    And today, even, the Carpenter’s and Joiner’s Union is one of Paul Ryan’s biggest supporters.

    I can’t finish the WSJ article Patrick Crowley linked to because I am not subscribed to any of Ruppert Murdoch’s  newspapers or the Projo but it seems like this could be a lively topic for discussion.

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  6. leftyrite

    cailin rua:                

    Paul Ryan:  Does he, or does he not, look like Joey Munster?  That’s all I want to know.

    America has a unique opportunity to usher in the rule of both a raccoon and a heart-throb who looks like Joey Munster.

    And the Carpenters?  And the Joiners?  They’re rollin’ with it.

    So, let them roll and forbid them from the roles. 

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