By Pat’s measuring stick, McGovern was a big winner, and Goldwater the lopsided loser.
Consider: the Democrap party is now, for all intents and purposes, the New American Communist Party. We have a POTUS who, had he been old enough in ’72, would no doubt have been a devout McGovernite.
Meanwhile, the cause of limited government is still searching for a political home. Reagan, sorry to say, was an aberration, and his legacy of taming runaway government is, ah, how shall we say this, on the ash heap of history. The Republican Party is still openly at war with the elements within it, who advocate for a government that stays inside its constitutional boundaries.
Yep, not much of a contest here.