In the US 72 election the challenger Nixon feared most was Ted Kennedy but he was damaged goods followng the Mary Jo Kopechnie
Mary Jo Kopechne was an American teacher, secretary, and political campaign specialist who died in a car accident at Chappaquiddick Island on July 18, 1969, while a passenger in a car being driven by longtime U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy.
The next most feared Democrat was Edmund Muskie. Here is what happened to him.
Muskie's momentum collapsed just prior to the New Hampshire primary, when the so-called "Canuck letter" was published in theManchester Union-Leader. The letter, actually a forgery from Nixon's "dirty tricks" unit, claimed that Muskie had made disparaging remarks about French-Canadians– a remark likely to injure Muskie's support among the French-American population in northern New England. Subsequently, the paper published an attack on the character of Muskie's wife Jane, reporting that she drank and used off-color language during the campaign. Muskie made an emotional defense of his wife in a speech outside the newspaper's offices during a snowstorm. Though Muskie later stated that what had appeared to the press as tears were actually melted snowflakes, the press reported that Muskie broke down and cried, shattering the candidate's image as calm and reasoned.[7
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The Tory establishment is now pursuing the same strategy. The main danger to head girl T May, John Major in a skirt, was BoJo who would have won hands down if his name had gone to the members. The establishment rapidly mounted an anyone but Boris campaign and managed to persuade BoJo's main supporter Gove to defect 5 mins before BoJo was dues to announce his candidacy. BoJo stood down. I thought he should hace stuck it out and called Gove a Macbeth.
Gove who had previously saiid many times he was not fit to be PM took BoJos place and was as planned wiped out by T May.
Liam Fox, Glasgow council house working class background and Glasgow Medical School was a very credible candidate. He was rubbished and the non-entity Steven Crabb pushed as a working class Tory,
Despite his low profile, Mr Crabb still won the support of 34 MPs in the first ballot, a performance that emphasised his standing as a 'rising star'. Now how did that happen? Obviously a whipping operation to elimnate Fox.
Crabb was duely knocked out the threat of a sextexting scandal.
Married Tory high-flier Stephen Crabb goes in to 'total lockdown' after sexting scandal
- Stephen Crabb, 43, sent sexually charged messages to a young woman
- He pulled out of the Tory leadership contest last week after coming fourth
- Mr Crabb was revealed to have engaged in a series of flirtatious messages
- A close friend said that married Mr Crabb has gone in to 'total lockdown'
The full steamy details can be read on this link headlined:
Obviously he had a touch of Lady Chatterley's Mellors.
So that left Mrs Leadsom. She is an honest woman who spent the first 25 years of her working life outside politics. She is being attacked over an interview she gave to a journalist.
Note the similarity to what happened to Nixon's carefully selected run off opponent McGovern, the one they knew they could beat most easily.
On April 25, 1972 George McGovern won the Massachusetts primary. Two days later, journalist Robert Novak quoted a "Democratic senator" later revealed to be Thomas Eagleton as saying: "The people don't know McGovern is for amnesty, abortion, and legalization of pot. Once middle America – Catholic middle America, in particular – finds this out, he's dead." The label stuck and McGovern became known as the candidate of "amnesty, abortion, and acid." It became Humphrey's battle cry to stop McGovern — especially in the Nebraska primary
Note also how the party hierachy reacted
In the end, McGovern won the nomination by winning primaries through grassroots support in spite of establishment opposition. McGovern had led a commission to re-design the Democratic nomination system after the divisive nomination struggle and convention of 1968. The fundamental principle of the McGovern Commission—that the Democratic primaries should determine the winner of the Democratic nomination—have lasted throughout every subsequent nomination contest. However, the new rules angered many prominent Democrats whose influence was marginalized, and those politicians refused to support McGovern's campaign (some even supporting Nixon instead), leaving the McGovern campaign at a significant disadvantage in funding compared to Nixon.
This smearing of Leadsom is about power and control. The establishment set up, and carefully leaked Clarke Rifkind supposedly private conversation on C4. They know they can control May but they can't control Leadsome.