In 1968 VP Hubert H. Humphrey lost to Richard Nixon by about 700-thousand votes, out of 61 million votes cast. It was basically less than 1% of the total vote..that the "happy warrior" lost to Nixon.
A couple of reasons.
1. Humphrey was an integrationist...and Alabama Governor George Wallace, entered the election as the "southern" alternative to the Democratic and Republican nominees....thus taking almost the entire south---a major shift away from the traditional Democratic Party bloc, which controlled the south, until that election.
2. The Democratic left, stayed home, because they thought that Humphrey was too close to LBJ on the war in Vietnam.
The Vice-President, couldn't stray that far from Johnson, but the word was that he would end the war, if elected. That was not good enough for the left, so they stayed home during that election....and threw the Presidency to Richard Nixon, who kept up that war for another 5 years.
The latest polls show that women who supported Hillary Clinton for President, are pretty upset at the Obama win.
The indication, in late June, is that about 40-50% of them will either not vote, or even support the GOP nominee--John McCain.
This could spell potential disaster for Senator Obama in his contest against McCain in the fall.
Women, in this election, could sit on their hands and hand the election to the Republican Party again.
By anger, they could put into the White House a pro-war, anti-abortion President.
As the first African-American nominee by the Democratic Party, Mr. Obama is going to have a tough battle, and need all of the money and support he can get, in order to beat the GOP in the fall.
A 1-2% shift by women voters, could destroy Obama's chances.
Many of my old friends, who sat out the Nixon-Humphrey contest in 1968, have never forgiven themselves for that selfish act.
I hope that Hillary's women supporters, can see past their anger, and give us a Democratic President and and Democratic Congress, come 2009.
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