Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Political Cartoons of the 70's - Part 1, HHH

Hubert Horatio Humphrey, for those of you too young to remember, was a man before he was a Metrodome. A former pharmacist, he became a longtime liberal Democratic Senator from Minnesota, LBJ's Vice-President, the unsuccessful Democratic Presidential nominee in 1968 and mentor to Minnesota's junior Senator (and later U.S. Vice-President) Walter Mondale. This cartoon is from his unsuccessful run for another Presidential nomination in 1972. He lost in '68 because he couldn't disassociate himself from LBJ's disastrous Vietnam War. By '72, after four years of Nixon, we were still stuck in Vietnam, and Humphrey tried to recast himself as an antiwar candidate. But the public didn't buy it. - Jerry Breen www.newbreen.com

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