The New Republic and George McGovern, Part 2

In 1971, The New Republic noted an aspect of George McGovern’s personality that I see as the biggest difference between him and Howard Dean:

Next to his “radical” image, McGovern’s biggest liability is the feeling he doesn’t project strength, that he’s a “provincial,” that he doesn’t possess a room when he walks in nor incite fear or unrest in his colleagues. The personal commitment is there. But is the tough negotiator in an eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation? Using the gavel doesn’t seem to appeal to his innate sense of fairness. On TV, he’s at his best when the cameras catch him in a rare moment of anger. In short, he comes across as decent but unobtrusive and uncommanding.

— from “The Workhorse Candidate: McGovern’s Campaign”, The New Republic, 30 October 1971, pg 20.

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