George McGovern: Stereotypes did him no justice
Not much went right for Senator George McGovern after he won the Democratic presidential nomination in 1972. For years afterward, his overwhelming loss made him the butt of jokes — including his own. “Ever since I was a young man, I wanted to run for the presidency in the worst possible way,” he said later. “And I did.” Yet a fuller view of McGovern’s life shows there’s more to most candidates, especially losing candidates, than the stereotypes and political lore that grow up around them.