McGovern picked a good year to die!
There seems a kind of symmetry at work here and "Law And Order" will be the net result in 2012, as per ‘72, ‘80, 2004…
Thus, whenever there is real fear (not just shock and misplaced optimism – see 2008) that colonial, petro-capitalism might actually, finally fail, that the spigot driving American excess and self-delusion since Eisenhower might finally be drying up, then America always votes “Law and Order” and normalcy quickly resumes.
This is not my land (certainly not as I would choose it) and it's maybe not yours. But it is our country, and let's face it -- we are neither well educated nor overly intelligent people.