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    you need to know about the primaries in 1968: one of the characters is thrilled that the next President will be McCarthy - or at worst RFK.

    One of the things I have learned from those active in '68 - none of them actually believed Richard Nixon could win until very late.  That realization brought Humphrey back from the dead but in not enough time to beat Nixon.

    You can argue that the liberal tide in America crested in the months between LBJ being forced out after New Hampshire and the RFK Assassination in June.  With his death, McCarthy's strange behavior after the RFK assassination and the disaster of the Chicago convention in August, the left tore itself apart in a way it has arguably not recovered from until this day.

    The comment from Peggy's boyfriend brilliantly caught the moment.  It was like the South at Gettysburg before Pickett's charge.

    Meanwhile, Reagan begins his own march to the nomination that summer.

    I can't think of another television show that captures historical moments like Madmen.

    The bitter truth of deep inequality has been disguised by an era of cheap imported goods and the anyone-can-make-it celebrity myth - Polly Toynbee

    by fladem on Mon May 06, 2013 at 07:44:51 PM PDT

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