McGovern lost of course - by a huge margin - but I've always respected the man for his pacificist beliefs. It seems I'm not the only one to appreciate McGovern, the Madison Capital Times ran an editorial welcoming him back to their city to deliver a lecture, a city that had the wisdom to want him as its president in 1972.
It has been a long time since we were privileged to endorse his candidacy for the presidency. But we are not inclined to withdraw it quite yet.
Indeed, were it left to this newspaper, we would gladly replace George Bush, a man who avoided serving his country in a time of war but has few qualms about sending others to die for it, with George McGovern, a man who proudly served when his country called but who has always recognized that the call must be made only when it is absolutely necessary.
So we issue our endorsement once more: McGovern for president.
I second that endorsement. If you decide to give it another try Mr. McGovern, tell your campaign staff to give me a call - I can still lick envelopes with the best of them.