FEAR AND LOATHING ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL 72 PDF
The following disconnected excerpts from Dr. Thompson's political book 'Fear & Loathing on the Campaign Trail' were selected more or less at. So this is more a jangled campaign diary than a record or reasoned analysis of the '72 presidential campaign. Whatever I wrote in the midnight hours on rented. Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 The New Hate: A History of Fear and Loathing on the Populist Right Longarm on the Overland Trail.
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Below, we've collected ten of Thompson's articles freely available online, from those early pieces on the Hell's Angels and the Kentucky Derby to others on the Presidential race, the Honolulu Marathon, Richard Nixon, and wee-hour conversations with Bill Murray. But don't take these subjects too literally; Thompson always had a way of finding something even more interesting in exactly the opposite direction from whatever he'd initially meant to write about.
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And that, perhaps, reveals more about the gonzo method than anything else. In this league, sportsmanship is for old liberals and young fools. His banner of alienation appeared to be planted in quicksand.
The very society he was trying to drop out of began idealizing him.
He was famous in a hazy kind of way that was not quite infamy but still colorfully ambivalent and vaguely disturbing. Also Thompson's first collaboration with his longtime illustrator Ralph Steadman.
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The same person who called them, called John Knight in Detroit, and two reporters from the Detroit Free Press — or the Washington bureau of Knight newspapers — flew out to Sioux Falls with a long memo on the Eagleton situation. They were trying to be… first they were trying to be fair with McGovern and, second, they were trying to use what they had to get more — which is a normal journalistic kind of procedure. Eagleton would no longer be the wronged good guy, but what he actually was — an opportunistic liar.
This is Haynes Johnson of the Washington Post again: Both McGovern and Eagleton would have complete physicals later at Walter Reed Hospital, and challenge the other candidates to do the same and release the medical results. When that happened, he went on, he would try to arrange either an exclusive interview with Eagleton or give them a news cycle break on the Eagleton medical story.
At that point Mankiewicz was afraid to say anything heavy to the press, and rightly so, I think. He was told by True Davis, who had run against Eagleton in the Democratic primary for senator in in Missouri, that the records were in a box in an office in St. Louis, and Davis promised Anderson that he would get them immediately.
So Anderson had every reason to believe that he would have the actual drunk driving records or xeroxes of them in his hands by the time he broke the story. After Anderson had broken the story both on the radio and in his column… his syndicated column… he got desperate for the records because he knew he was going to be challenged. So Anderson was left with a story that almost every journalist in Washington still believes to be true.
Jack Anderson got burned so badly on that, and was so embarrassed publicly that it appeared — for reasons he could never explain — that he was just taking a cheap shot at Eagleton, and Eagleton came off looking better than he had before Anderson had started. Yeah, if Eagleton had turned out… if the records had been available… See, Eagleton never showed McGovern his medical records.
He kept saying he would bring them to South Dakota. Oh, yes. So the public perceived McGovern to be the bad guy, when in fact it was really Eagleton. And McGovern never recovered from that change in his image. No, to the extent that it damaged him… Pat Caddell has very convincing figures on that.
Their polling from July, September to November shows that the Eagleton Affair had hurt McGovern so badly that the fact is the figures went off the board. They were the people who would be more inclined to be sympathetic — because they were more sophisticated — to a person who had been treated for nervous tension, even if he had gone to the extent of having electro-shock treatments.
Then he turned around and asked him to get off the ticket. In the Haynes Johnson story Mankiewicz said that he was speaking both for himself and Gary Hart when he went to McGovern right after they found out about the information on Eagleton, the initial information, the stuff that was published. I indicated I was speaking for Gary and myself. That was the first time he had called Senator McGovern George? That seems unusual. We seem to be getting off the track.
The public perceived Eagleton to be the good guy…. Maybe we should get your personal physician back here. I think he handled it very badly. There were two people in the campaign… in the sort of top echelon, who made the strongest possible case with George for unloading Eagleton. Well… Eleanor McGovern was the first one. I think his indecisiveness was at the root of that distortion. At every crisis in the campaign McGovern appeared to be — was perceived to be — and, in fact, was indecisive… for unnatural periods of time.
Well, unsettling periods of time. The selection of a replacement for Eagleton was one of the most heinous botches in the history of politics.
One last question about this trip from Long Beach to Sioux Falls: Why was this second plane called the Zoo Plane and how widespread was the use of dangerous narcotics in the campaign and on this particular trip? We want to get that clear in our minds.
The narcotic is one type of drug and…. Coffee is a drug… yes, there were drugs being used… booze is a drug… many drugs…. The Zoo Plane: As Tim said, you can imagine how these guys felt. But all of a sudden here we were covering a presidential campaign and there were joints being passed up and down the aisle: The cockpit had millions of lights all around it: And the climb angle is something like 40 or 50 degrees… and then all these green lights blinking and these dials going and things buzzing and humming… and looking down seeing the lights here and there… and cities passing and mountain ranges… a wonderful way to go.
Jesus — the possibilities! It beats motorcycles all to hell. Yeah, right. I think it was a tradition dating back to one of the Kennedy campaigns… At every hotel, wherever the campaign press corps stopped, there would be maybe a hundred rooms reserved for the press.
And everyone upon checking out would keep their keys, and we brought the keys on the plane and taped them along the aisle. The keys jingled like a giant tambourine on every takeoff… They were taped next to each other in a solid row along both top racks above the seats. There were maybe hotel keys…. Every hotel in the country, it looked like. And I think on the last day of the campaign, one of the CBS cameramen put them all in a huge bag. He was going to take them to one mailbox in Washington and dump them all in there… Then they were going to film the behavior of the postman when he opened the box and found hotel keys… it must have weighed pounds… that was the kind of twisted humor that prevailed on the Zoo Plane.
Particularly the press corps… A weird relationship develops when you follow a candidate for a long time. You become sort of a… friendly antagonist… to the extent sometimes where it can get dangerous… It certainly did in this campaign during the last month or so… In my case I became more of a flack for McGovern than… than a journalist.
I think we all assumed that by midnight it would be over.
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I knew that John Holum and Sandy Berger, two speechwriters, were staying in a room up there, so I picked up the house phone in the lobby about 6: Shortly after six… Central Time. There was never any question of winning, but the shock set in when people began to sense the dimensions of it, how bad it was…. He was a real wizard. And Illinois was the key state so they put their best person in. They had to have Illinois. If the election had been close Illinois would have been critical, and with Daley coming around there was at least a possibility that Illinois would go for McGovern.
Nobody talked. I think McGovern slept through the first returns. Yeah… That was the only time McGovern cracked. Then he got himself together… He was actually the coolest person in the place from then on.
Other people were cracking all around. I was on the Zoo Plane. Apparently the atmosphere on the Dakota Queen was something very close to a public hanging of a good friend. There was something… total… something very undermining about the McGovern defeat… a shock. There was a very unexplained kind of… ominous quality to it… So when we got to Washington… the national staff people were there and the wives of the people who had been on the plane… and it was a scene of just complete… weeping chaos.
Mass disintegration. I was looking for a cab to get across the main terminal … it was about a mile away… and Sandy Berger… appeared in his car … he was one of the people who had broken down earlier. He was one of the speechwriters… a first-class speechwriter, one of the two or three who were with McGovern all the way through from Miami on, and … It was rush hour in Washington and we had to go down one side of a freeway.
There was a big grass island about 18 inches high and 12 feet wide separating the two… freeways. It scared the hell out of me … But we made it to the terminal and I bought a ticket for Denver, and… just got the hell out of Washington.
I firmly believed throughout that the major hurdle to winning the presidency was winning the Democratic nomination. I believed that any reasonable Democrat would defeat President Nixon. I now think that no one could have defeated him in George McGovern, speaking at Oxford University two months after the election.
After months of quasi-public brooding on the Whys and Wherefores of the disastrous beating he absorbed last November, McGovern seems finally to have bought the Conventional Wisdom — that his campaign was doomed from the start: To wit:. After a decade of left-bent chaos, the Silent Majority was so deep in a behavorial sink that their only feeling for politics was a powerful sense of revulsion.
All they wanted in the White House was a man who would leave them alone and do anything necessary to bring calmness back into their lives — even if it meant turning the whole state of Nevada into a concentration camp for hippies, niggers, dope fiends, do-gooders, and anyone else who might threaten the status quo. The Pendulum Theory is very voguish these days, especially among Washington columnists and in the more prestigious academic circles, where the conversion-rate has been running at almost epidemic proportions since the night of November 7th.
This is the nut of the Pendulum Theory. He was gracious, as always, despite the fact that I was an hour late.
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A girl had been arrested in my suite at the Washington Hilton. He nodded sympathetically, without smiling, and said that yes, John Holum had already told him about it. I shook my head sadly. He walked around the desk and sat down in his chair, propping his feet up on the middle drawer.
I half-expected him to ask me why a girl had been arrested in my hotel room, but it was clear from the look on his face that his mind had already moved on to whatever might come next. Besides I had my professional reputation to uphold. No, I was not suggesting a major break-up of the Democratic party.
Well, I was really talking about this organized group rather than the defection of large numbers of blue-collar workers, which I regard as a serious problem. What I regard as a much more serious defection is the massive movement of people to Wallace that we saw taking place in the primaries. I suspect that race was a lot more of a factor than we were aware of during the campaign. There were all kinds of ways that — of tapping that prejudice. The bussing issue was the most pronounced one, but also the attacking on the welfare program and the way the President handled that issue.
I think he was orchestrating a lot of things that were designed to tap the Wallace voters, and he got most of them. I suspect that there should have been more discussion in the campaign of the everyday frustrations and problems of working people, conditions under which they work, maybe more of an effort made to identify with them….Crouse describes Thompson as the one reporter who broke from the pack, however, and later printings of The Boys on the Bus contain an introduction by Thompson.
Particularly the press corps… A weird relationship develops when you follow a candidate for a long time. Ed: You never left the airport? Not necessarily.
Fear, Loathing, and Tropes:
Other people were cracking all around I had never covered a presidential campaign before I got into this one, but I quickly got so hooked on it that I began betting on the outcome of each primary — and, by combining aggressive ignorance with a natural instinct to mock the conventional wisdom, I managed to win all but two of the 50 or 60 bets I made between February and November.
Ed: McGovern admitted knowing for a week before the election? Vicious, but still able to claim ribbons at dog shows for their beauty, Thompson brings an extra doberman with him to D.
But from that point on, I won steadily — until November 7th, when I made the invariably fatal mistake of betting my emotions instead of my instinct. So Anderson had every reason to believe that he would have the actual drunk driving records or xeroxes of them in his hands by the time he broke the story.