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BRADLEY R. GITZ: The passing of John B

By Bradley R. Gitz

This article was published December 18, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

John B. Anderson, who represented my northern Illinois district in Congress when I was growing up, passed away earlier this month at the imposing age of 95.

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BoudinMan says... December 18, 2017 at 6:53 a.m.

I always liked Anderson. I thought he had a lot of common sense. That's why he got steamrolled by Ronnie.

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Delta123 says... December 18, 2017 at 8:11 a.m.

Some never miss a chance to take a cheap shot.

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WhododueDiligence says... December 18, 2017 at 9:16 a.m.

"Anderson eventually pulled out after losing our home-state primary decisively to Reagan, but the lure of the bright lights and all those valentines from the national media then enticed him into that suicidal third-party bid, where he won only 6.6 percent of the popular vote."
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lure of bright lights
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all those valentines
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a suicidal bid
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THREE CHEAP SHOTS within one-third of one sentence!
(Four if you count the cheap shot at the national media, portraying it as a monolithic conspiratorial cooperative, which it's not.)

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Delta123 says... December 18, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.

Wasn't referring to Gitz

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PopulistMom says... December 18, 2017 at 11:39 a.m.

The first time I ever voted for president I voted for Anderson. Unfortunately, both political parties overlook good moderate candidates. I am praying that the Democrats will put forth a sensible progressive in 2020 and not some leftwing socialist. I've given up on the Republicans nominating a moderate.

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Delta2 says... December 18, 2017 at 12:58 p.m.

We're not going to get a decent moderate to run for anything until a viable third party emerges, and the current Dem/Repub machine makes that just about impossible.

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hah406 says... December 18, 2017 at 1:12 p.m.

Today's GOP, especially those like Cruz and the House Freedom Caucus, have gone so extreme that they make Reagan look like a true New Dealer.

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Delta123 says... December 18, 2017 at 1:33 p.m.

And today's Democratic Party, with those like Sanders and Warren, have gone so extreme as to make Bill Clinton look like a Tea Partyer.

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Dontsufferfools says... December 18, 2017 at 1:34 p.m.

That "leftward lurch" was civil rights, gitzy.

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Delta123 says... December 18, 2017 at 4:22 p.m.

Dontsuffer, so with that backhanded comment are you implying that Ronald Reagan was a racist?

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