George McGovern To Be Honored At CPAC For ‘Courage Under Fire’

In August 2008, former Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern published an op-ed on the conservative editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal attacking the Employee Free Choice Act. “I must raise my voice against pending legislation I see as a disturbing and undemocratic overreach not in the interest of either management or labor,” wrote McGovern.

This past October, McGovern appeared in an anti-Employee Free Choice ad for the Employee Freedom Action Committee, an industry-funded advocacy organization run by “Dr. EvilRichard Berman. Watch it:

Since McGovern came out against the bill, conservatives have used his opposition as a cudgel against supporters of unions. “Even liberal Democrat and ardent labor supporter George McGovern” opposes the bill, wrote the Washington Times in a January 2009 editorial.

Now, presumably because of his anti-union apostasy, McGovern is being honored by the right-wing establishment. At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) next week, McGovern will be awarded the “Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire Award“:


Though McGovern is scheduled to be honored on February 26, a CPAC official tells ThinkProgress that the asterisk next to McGovern’s name means that he has “been invited, but not confirmed.”

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The Hill reports that McGovern will not be attending CPAC “due to scheduling conflicts related to a book tour — a development coming Wednesday.” CPAC organizer David Keene explained:

“When I talked to him two or three weeks ago, he very much wanted to come,” said David Keene, chairman of the American Conservative Union, which organizes the conference. […]

Keene said McGovern would hopefully attend next year’s conference, when he would receive the award. The conference will still let attendees know that had McGovern been able to attend, they would have given the award.

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