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McGovern's Legacy Greater Than His Landslide Defeat

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McGovern's Legacy Greater Than His Landslide Defeat McGovern's Legacy Greater Than His Landslide Defeat A liberal icon from a Republican family, former senator George McGovern's legacy is best known for his landslide defeat to President Richard Nixon in the 1972 election. For some politicians, McGovern's failure came to represent a cautionary tale of what happens when party purity takes priority over leaning toward the center.


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