Historian looks back at McGovern campaign

01/15/08 Mitch E. Perry
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Some see the battle between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton as a fight not just for the nomination of the Democratic Party, but also the heart and soul of the Democratic Party.

A new book looks at the transformation of American liberalism and 60s idealism from the political crash in 1972, to what he calls the "muddled centrism" of the 21st century.

Bruce Miroff is author of The Liberals Moment: The McGovern Insurgency and the Identity Crises of the Democratic Party. WMNF asked him what many people, especially those born after McGovern was trounced by Richard Nixon in 1972, have wondered.: How could that happen?

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