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» October 6, 2008
A Forgotten Demo
Not many people remember that Richard Nixon preempted network television on November 7th, 1972 for a full day marathon of "Mr. Ed."
It was a brilliant strategy, because just as polls were closing, they aired "Ed the Witness." SPOILER ALERT…In "Ed the Witness," Wilbur ends up in Mexican jail after refusing to pay a repair bill to a mechanic who damaged his trailer. Mr. Ed has to gallop across the border to come to the rescue….
Wait, what were we talking about?
What Pot Head hasn't dreamed of being sprung from Mexican jail by a talking horse? Anyway, Nixon's people knew this, and used it to defeat George McGovern in a landslide.
To this day, George McGovern asserts that he lost the Election due to the striking resemblance between Wilbur and Thomas Eagleton.