Cal Thomas has been a fixture in the conservative landscape for years. A prolific writer and an activist, he was vice president of the Moral Majority from 1980 to 1985 and then wrote a book, Blinded by Might, explaining its failure to transform society through political action.
I will remember him for something other than his politics. George McGovern was a friend.
After his Senate re-election defeat in 1980, McGovern and I debated on college campuses and in other venues. These debates were always civil because McGovern was a gentleman. After one debate at Butler University in Indianapolis, a fellow conservative invited me to dinner.
“Thank you,” I said, “but George and I have dinner plans.”
“How can you eat with a man like that?” he said with an equal mix of surprise and disgust.
“Easy,” I said. “He’s a friend of mine.”
Here’s what I learned about McGovern that Thomas ignored (he must have known about it as well): McGovern was a fellow at