George McGovern, 1922-2012

By Ken Feltman

A few people have asked me what I thought of George McGovern, who died today. I did not know McGovern when he was an active candidate. I met him years later.

McGovern was a gentleman, always engaging, always interested and interesting. He was fun to be with. Whether alone with him or in a group, I always came away realizing that I had learned something.

McGovern had a curiosity that devoured ideas. He soaked up current events. He changed American politics and, I believe, made the presidencies of Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton possible.

George McGovern was the nice guy who changed America, even in losing in 1972.

About Radnor Reports

Ken Feltman is past-president of the International Association of Political Consultants and the American League of Lobbyists. He is retired chairman of Radnor Inc., an international political consulting and government relations firm in Washington, D.C. Feltman founded the U.S. and European Conflict Indexes in 1988. The indexes have predicted the winner of every U.S. presidential election beginning in 1988, plus the outcome of several European elections. In May of 2010, the Conflict Index was used by university students in Egypt. The Index predicted the fall of the Mubarak government within the next year.
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