Former Sen. George McGovern is dead. McGovern had been in declining health over the past year and was recently moved into hospice care.
McGovern ran for president as an unabashed liberal in 1972 and was swamped President Richard Nixon.
Since then, every Democrat who has won the presidency has presented themselves as a moderate or a conciliator, hoping to avoid electoral disaster.
Until this year. It took 30 years, but straight left-wing politics now seems to be a potentially winning formula for the presidency.
President Obama is recasting McGovern’s uncloaked liberalism, having also governed from the left. But this time, the liberal candidate is at least even odds to win.