Victor Davis Hanson, in his effort to compare the 1972 political season to the approaching 2020 season, characterizes George Wallace as a “former Democrat,” “states’ rights,” “working class,” “populist” candidate whose appeal siphoned Democratic votes.
Sounds like Wallace was a good ol’ boy just looking out for his neighbors and protectin’ us from that “radical” hippie McGovern. Hanson forgets to mention that Wallace was an overt racist and segregationist from a south that Democrats had forfeited long before the ’72 election.
If there was a “radical” in the race, it was Wallace.
Of course, Hanson trots out a few more standard, neo-con cliches about the left. “Politically correct,” “elitists,” “smug Hollywood actors.” Hey, we have better celebrities than they do. Live with it.
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Then Nixon did what Republicans have been doing ever since because they know it’s the only way they can win: He cheated.
Michael S. Miller, Arroyo Grande