Saturday, November 8, 2008

landslide loss

Just over two weeks after his Democratic nomination for the 1972 U.S. Presidential election, it was revealed that George McGovern's [born 1922] running mate, Thomas Eagleton [1929-2007], had received electroshock therapy for clinical depression during the 1960s. A Time Magazine poll taken at the time found that 77 percent of respondents indicated that "Eagleton's medical record would not affect their vote," but an increasing number of influential politicians and columnists questioned Eagleton's ability to handle the office of Vice President; McGovern's mismanagement of the situation doomed the campaign.