Last week or so I wrote about former Senator George McGovern who had been admitted to a hospice with a deadly disease. Now, at 90 years old, McGovern has died.
McGovern ran for President 3 times and was nominated once, but lost to Richard Nixon. He was a North Dakota’s Representative to the U.S. House from 1957 to 1961 and a U.S. Senator from 1963 to 1981. For 24 years he was one of the leaders of the Democratic Party.
- Sen. George McGovern Dies (npr.org)
- George McGovern dies aged 90 (itv.com)
- AP: Sen. George McGovern Dies (npr.org)
- Former U.S. Sen. George McGovern dies at 90 (marketwatch.com)
- George McGovern, proud liberal, dead at 90 (cbsnews.com)
- Former Senator George McGovern dies, aged 90 (usnews.nbcnews.com)
Certainly, this is a fascinating statement from a famous conservative columnist:
“I think there was a winner in the sense that Barack Obama not only gained ground he lost but he cauterized some wounds that he inflicted on himself by seeming too diffident and disengaged.
“I think as a tactical measure tonight, the president did very well.”
And we’re seeing more Republicans come out of the woodwork with a different view of the President. Very interesting.
- George Will: ‘This Was Immeasurably The Best Debate’ I Have Ever Seen (mediaite.com)
- What the pundits think: Who won tonight’s debate? (shortformblog.com)
George McGovern became a leader of the Democrats’ liberal wing during his three decades in Congress but lost his 1972 challenge to Richard Nixon. McGovern turned his focus in recent years to world hunger.
It was after a lecture tour a year ago that he was treated for exhaustion, then two months later, he fell and hit his head.
McGovern spent several days in a Florida hospital in April for tests to determine why he occasionally passed out and had difficulty speaking. His daughter said he has moved in the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, SD, where he moved in August to spend more time near his family.
McGovern was a member of the U.S. House from 1957 to 1961 and a U.S. senator from 1963 to 1981.
- Ex-presidential nominee George McGovern in hospice (sfgate.com)
- Former presidential nominee George McGovern in hospice (foxnews.com)
You can either celebrate or cry, but here’s the word:
In an angry post on his blog, conservative commentator Buchanan took his critics to task, writing, “After 10 enjoyable years, I am departing, after an incessant clamor from the left that to permit me continued access to the microphones of MSNBC would be an outrage against decency, and dangerous.”
Buchanan says the calls for his firing began with the publication in October of his book “Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?” about America’s decline, which critics have called racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic.
Upon his suspension, Buchanan quotes MSNBC President Phil Griffin as telling the press regarding his new book, “I don’t think the ideas that (Buchanan) put forth are appropriate for the national dialogue, much less on MSNBC.”
On his website, Buchanan called his ouster “an undeniable victory for the blacklisters.”
Frankly, I’m just as glad to see him go, although he didn’t really bother me. I saw him as more of a clown. He’ll turn up on the McLaughlin Group and on Fox… don’t worry about it.
- Pat Buchanan Canned Over Book at MSNBC (webpronews.com)
- Pat Buchanan Out at Msnbc (maboulette.wordpress.com)
- Why did MSNBC drop Pat Buchanan? (csmonitor.com)
- Was MSNBC Right to Fire Pat Buchanan? (collegecandy.com)
- Pat Buchanan is gone from MSNBC (americablog.com)
- Pat Buchanan Will Have To Find Another Enabler (duanegraham.wordpress.com)
- Pat Buchanan out at MSNBC (boston.com)
- “A Moment Of Silence, Please”: MSNBC And Pat Buchanan Part Ways (mykeystrokes.com)
- MSNBC Dumps Controversial Commentator Pat Buchanan (losangeles.cbslocal.com)
With a career that shriveled up after Nixon’s resignation, David Frye was an impressionist who triumphed as the Number 1 impersonation of the then President. I loved watching him. Oh, he did other impersonations… Johnson, Bobby Kennedy and later, as he tried to revive his success, Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford.
In an Esquire interview, Frye defined his approach to Nixon:
“I do Nixon not by copying his real actions but by feeling his attitude, which is that he cannot believe that he really is president.”
Frye died on Monday in Las Vegas of a heart attack.
- David Frye, Perfectly Clear Nixon Parodist, Dies at 77 (nytimes.com)
- Rich Little says today’s celebs are tough to imitate (ctv.ca)
- Released Transcripts Reveal Appalling Bigotry in Nixon White House (prnewswire.com)
Romulus Zacharias Linney IV, North Carolina born great grandson of a Congressman and father of Actress Laura Linney, may not have achieved the popularity of some of his contemporaries, but in the legitimate theater world he was considered a great intellectual and historically oriented writer. The Signature Theater Company in New York, which devotes full seasons to presenting the work of a single playwright, chose Mr. Linney to be the first writer it gave this honor to in 1991.
From the NY Times Obit:
Mr. Linney wrote plays about August Strindberg, Oscar Wilde, Delmore Schwartz and the poet Anna Akhmatova. He wrote about the Nuremberg trials and the Vietnam War. His sole foray onto Broadway, “The Love Suicide at Schofield Barracks,” concerned a bizarre crime committed in the name of opposition to the war policy of President Richard M. Nixon; it fared poorly, closing after five performances in 1972.
And he wrote about the rural South in plays like “Heathen Valley,” about a 19th-century Episcopal bishop bringing the word of God to a remote region of North Carolina, which he adapted from one of his own three novels; “Holy Ghosts,” set among a sect of snake handlers; and “Love Drunk,” which was among his last works, about a 60-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman engaged in a creepy mutual seduction in a remote cabin.
There are few regional theaters in the country that have not done one or two of Linney’s numerous plays.
- Playwright Romulus Linney dies at 80 (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Playwright Romulus Linney dies from lung cancer at 80 (ctv.ca)
- Laura Linney Is Ravishing on More Magazine’s September Cover, Talks Botox, Natasha Richardson, Nudity (stylelist.com)
- Playwright Romulus Linney dies at 80 (thenewstribune.com)