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February 22, 2021

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It was Morse's steadfast opposition to the Vietnam war that cost him a squeaker of an election in 1968.

He lost by less than 1/2 of 1% (3,500 votes) of the total votes cast.

What we got instead was nearly 30 years of Peckerwood!

Morse lost because he had become so totally full of himself. He had been toying with the idea for a decade that he had the stuff that presidents were made of. Oregonians had become very tired of his act and told him to call it a career in 1968. US Senators had the second highest level of job security, behind Congressional Representatives, so Packwood's defeat of Morse was no slim pickings.

Packwood, by the way, was one of the most cerebral Oregon Senators ever. He was a leader in the area of women's rights and for the right to choose. I find it pathetic that leaaders of the women's movement chose to turn on Packwood in the end. Probably one of the dumber things they did.

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