The Nation: A Boston Longshoreman Explains McGovern

The early-form charts on this election would have placed Basil Quirk, 48, an Irish Catholic longshoreman from South Boston, in the camp of Edmund Muskie, the Polish Catholic from Maine. Or perhaps Hubert Humphrey, who dotes on organized labor. Maybe even George Wallace, the sometime Horatio of the hardhats. Those charts have been proved wrong a number of times. Basil Quirk, boxing fan, father of five, proud owner of a three-decker in one of Boston's most solidly working-class areas, is a firm and enthusiastic-supporter of McGovern. Over a dinner of roast beef, baked potatoes, rolls and pastries, Quirk told TIME Correspondent...

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