maybe it's more like Goldwater in '64 or McCarthy in '68, but 2020 is definitely not like 1972

It’s still mostly like the 2016 election, considering who the Russians prefer.

ENOUGH WITH THE SANDERS-MCGOVERN ANALOGIES: 2020 IS NOT 1972

Bernie Sanders has a more favorable political climate in 2020 than George McGovern did in 1972

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In 1972, McGovern lost every contest (including his home state) except for Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. But that was before political polarization and party sorting remolded both major parties into more homogeneous and ideologically cohesive units; gone are the days when Democrats and Republicans still provided a large enough tent to house multiple interest groups — despite genuine ideological, racial, ethnic, geographic and class differences around broad common interests. The ability of both parties to stay competitive in nearly every state led Nixon and McGovern to fight over most of the country.

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This proves beneficial for fundraising. The McGovern campaign was under chronic financial pressures and almost always short on cash despite pioneering direct-mail solicitations to raise small contributions. It could not really match the resources available to Nixon’s Committee to Reelect the President (mocked as CREEP) that was raking in millions of dollars in “suitcases full of cash,” some of which were later exposed as illegal. Nixon outspent McGovern 2 to 1.
The Sanders campaign has developed a remarkable online fundraising operation that has proved it can go toe-to-toe with Trump: Although the president still has an advantage — thanks mostly to large contributions from wealthy GOP donors — Sanders garnered around 1.8 million small donations in the last quarter of 2019, averaging $18.53, to haul a whopping $34 million. If Sanders gets the chance to go up against Trump, unlike McGovern, he will have the resources to do so.

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— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) February 21, 2020

“All of us remember 2016, and what we remember is efforts by Russians and others to try to interfere in our elections and divide us up,” Sanders said. “I’m not saying that’s happening, but it would not shock me.”
Also this week, a senior U.S. intelligence official said Russia had “developed a preference” for Trump in the 2020 campaign — an assessment that infuriated the president. Trump lambasted his acting intelligence director, Joseph Maguire, and DNI staff for sharing that information with lawmakers, believing that Democrats would use it to hurt Trump in the election.
Despite Trump’s skepticism of Russian efforts to damage American democracy, officials in his administration have repeatedly warned that Russia has ongoing plans to interfere in U.S. elections and foster divisions among Americans, part of a strategic goal to undermine U.S. standing in the world. Some analysts believe the Kremlin’s goal is to cause maximum disruption within the United States and that it throws the support of its hackers and trolls behind candidates based on that goal, not any particular affinity for the people running.

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