Weekend Talkshows Past with Congressman Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill and Senator Ernest Hollings, Chairmen of the Democratic Sentate and House of Representatives Campaign Committees interviewed on Meet The Press - August 8, 1972.
May 22, 2011

Tip O'Neill and Friend - The future for Democrats in 1972 looked . . .interesting.

Nothing like Crystal Ball gazing and knowing the outcome beforehand. That's what it sometimes feels like, listening to a lot of these interview programs of the past. We know better now, but we didn't know at the time. And maybe that was a good thing, particularly in 1972.

But in August of 1972, on the eve of the Republican Convention, Lawrence E. Spivak and Meet The Press did an interview with two Democrats, Senator Erneset Hollings (D-S.C.) and Representative Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill (D-Mass.) on the chances of a Democratic win in 1972. Interesting when you consider that less than two months earlier arrests were made in connection with a burglary at The Democratic National Committee offices and what that would eventually evolve into.

Of course, at the time who would know?

History in hindsight. Always interesting.

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