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  •  his presidential campaign did have some (0+ / 0-)

    benefits. It pushed the Carter campaign to the left. For the 1980 Democratic platform:

    Democratic leaders had everything to gain and little to lose by supporting gay rights, so they inserted a new plank in the party platform: "All groups must be protected from discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, language, age, sex or sexual orientation."
    http://civilliberty.about.com/...

    "It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument" ~William Gibbs McAdoo(D-CA)

    by lordpet8 on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 07:34:22 PM PDT

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    •  Was there any sour grapes after his primary ended (0+ / 0-)

      towards Carter?

      "You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You don't hate! Only the unloved hate — the unloved and the unnatural!" -Charlie Chaplin

      by KingofSpades on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 07:37:09 PM PDT

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      •  I'm sure there were some hard feelings (1+ / 0-)
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        on both sides.

        The Carter folks were probably angry with the primary draining campaign funds and weakening the campaign.

        The Kennedy folks despite getting Carter to capitulate on most of the demands probably were still pissed with Carter when he conceded the race before voting had finished on the west. We probably lost the likes of Senator Church and many other congress critters due to that early concession. Many Democrats decided to stay home.

        I'm reading a book called "And the band played on"

        There's brief story about Bill Kraus, who was a big Kennedy backer. He played a big part in changing the National Democratic Platform to include gays and lesbians. After Carter wins the nomination. Kraus begrudgingly campaigns for Carter in CA. During the 11th hour of campaigning he happens to knock on the door of voter who responds something to the matter of "We don't have to vote anymore as Carter has already conceded"

        "It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument" ~William Gibbs McAdoo(D-CA)

        by lordpet8 on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 08:52:50 PM PDT

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        •  Wow, that's awful (1+ / 0-)
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          probably almost cost us the House as well, although Reagan still got what he wanted in the first two years.

          "You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You don't hate! Only the unloved hate — the unloved and the unnatural!" -Charlie Chaplin

          by KingofSpades on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 09:04:50 PM PDT

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          •  We were able to undo some of the damage (0+ / 0-)

            Like in CA with the burtonmnader. But yeah we were lucky that there was still enough ticket splitting going on to let us still have the house.

            "It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument" ~William Gibbs McAdoo(D-CA)

            by lordpet8 on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 09:33:31 PM PDT

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        •  Not sure about Church but early concession (0+ / 0-)

          probably cost Washington Sen. Magnusen his seat and could be responsible for Spellman's defeat of McDermott in the gubernatiorial race that year, too. The victory margin in both these state-wide races was roughly 10%. The state wide drop off in Democratic voting was almost 13%.

          In those years Washington Democrats were often the late voters going to the polls after work. Now we are a vote by mail state and the early call of an election or early concession would not have the same impact.

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