Two Tuesday Quotes a Day Late: McCloskey and McCarthy

This weekly quote post goes out to my friend Karen Ivy (follow her blog here). In her attempt to recall the last, and only, Republican presidential candidate she ever voted for I was inspired to help her find the name which exposed to some historical figures which escaped my educational tract. An additional thanks to Steve Bumgarner for his Facebook post that started it all.

The result was, when Congress convened in January 1971, everyone was now an environmentalist. They had seen a new force, college students, who favored the environment.
– Pete McCloskey

Being in politics is like being a football coach. You have to be smart enough to understand the game, and dumb enough to think it’s important.
– Eugene McCarthy

Who are these people?


As a fifteen-year veteran of the U.S. Congress, Pete McCloskey was one of the lead authors of many of today’s major environmental laws. Known as an outspoken “Teddy Roosevelt” Republican, he was a Co-Chairman of the first Earth Day in 1970, served six years as Congressional Delegate to the International Whaling Conference, and was Congressional Advisor to the Law of the Sea Treaty Delegation. Source

Another good link on McCloskey is for the movie Leading from the Front.


One of the most distinguished politicians in Minnesota history, Eugene McCarthy was born in Watkins, Minnesota, in 1916. After a brief stint as a professor, McCarthy turned to politics and represented Minnesota in the House and later the Senate from 1949 to 1971, where he gained a reputation as an intellectual. In 1967 he announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the presidency as a direct challenge to Lyndon Johnson’s Vietnam War policies. His antiwar position won the support of many liberals and his strong showing in the primaries persuaded Johnson to leave the race. Though he never served as president, McCarthy is still remembered for his strong convictions and integrity. Eugene McCarthy died on December 10, 2005, in Woodville, Virginia. Source

A more robust source can be found here


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