The 2020 Election: The Ghost of George McGovern

One of the prevailing historical narratives of the last fifty years is that our country has veered in a sharply conservative direction. It’s not just the Republican political axis of Nixon, Reagan, the two Bushes, and Trump but also the corresponding Democratic presidents of the same era: lackluster Jimmy Carter, neoliberal Bill Clinton, secret neoliberal Barack Obama (okay, maybe not so secret, but he did…