April 5, 1972
Muskie in golf course sand trap
With Muskie the front-runner, the early Democratic primaries in 1972 amounted to a "stop-Muskie" effort. By the time of the Wisconsin primary, George McGovern, George Wallace, and Hubert Humphrey had largely succeeded. Muskie finished a disappointing fourth. The setting sun in Oliphant's cartoon was prophetic: Twenty-one days later, after the Pennsylvania primary, Muskie officially announced his withdrawal.
Courtesy of Pat Oliphant and the Susan Conway Gallery of Washington, D.C.
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