Thursday, April 27, 2006

My Favorite secretary II

King Timahoe chooses to honor Moscow Muskie on this secretaries day. I bet if Al Gore cried, he would have blamed it on acid rain/snow penetrating his retina or some kind of pollution gettin lodged in his Love Canal.

A story from one fateful day in Manchester that torpedoed a mans presidential dreams.

From the always truthy Wikipedia:

Before the 1972 election, he was viewed as the frontrunner, a moderate establishment candidate, for the Democratic Presidential nomination. The nation was at war in Vietnam and the Democratic Party set battle against President Nixon's conduct of the war.

But the grassroots Iowa caucuses made the early runnings more liberal and anti-war than Muskie's perceived positions, and Muskie's perhaps surprising political inexperience - having built up the Democratic Party in his home state, he had never been in a primary battle before, and his performance was criticized - began to show.

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Many also blame Muskie's loss on his emotional defense of his wife, Jane Muskie, after the Manchester Union-Leader, a conservative newspaper, criticized Mrs. Muskie. Muskie seemingly wept as he spoke outside the newspaper's offices, yet he would later claim that what seemed to be tears were actually melted snowflakes. Had this not been a controversy, many question whether Muskie would have won the nomination and gone on to defeat President Nixon. McGovern would go on to win the nomination before losing the election in a landslide to Nixon. It is now widely believed that The Canuck Letter, a forged document, was responsible for Muskie's loss to McGovern.

Edmund Muskie was a Polish-American Democrat politician from Maine. He served as Governor of Maine, a U.S. Senator, as U.S. Secretary of State, and ran as a candidate for Vice President of the United States.

Always remember others may hate you but those who hate you don't win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself.
- Richard Milhouse Nixon


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