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Timothy NoahIt's an article of faith among many centrist Democrats (and nearly all Republicans) that the Democratic Party blundered badly in 1972 when it nominated George McGovern for president. Bruce Miroff's wise and informative book The Liberals' Moment invites a peek through the telescope's opposite end. Miroff, a political science professor at the State University of New York at Albany, reminds us gently that the real blunder was committed by the 47 million voters who re-elected Richard Nixon in a 49-state landslide…Today's Democrats can't will the old politics back into dominance. Their challenge is to expand their base or make better use of the one they've got. Shadow-boxing an imaginary foe called "McGovernism" is not only futile, but also, Miroff's book makes clear, a disservice to McGovern. He may not have been perfect, but he was a damn sight better than the other guy.
—The New York Times