Stop Carter: A Story of 1976 Politics

The last-minute bid of California Governor Jerry Brown to unseat Jimmy Carter’s nomination was a surprise in an already surprising year.   Brown was a non-politician, he was left but to the right on some issues.  He was a governor who distrusted politicians.  He was a new Politics California Buddhist who gave up his governor’s mansion and lived in a one-bedroom apartment. Yet in this effort he would get the support of some old political machines looking to line their pockets if he won.

It raised a lot of questions about politics that are still present today.

  • Should electability be a factor among primary voters?
  • Can you out-new the new candidate?
  • What time is the right time for candidates to ‘get out’?
  • Should critics shut up to help a nominee in the general or speak their mind?

This, and the surprising figure still very much in politics today who tried to Stop Carter.