Surely you jest. TANG only became relevant once the Swifties (organized, funded and consulted-to by lifelong GOP operatives) declared open season on John Kerry's Vietnam war record (and the truth). What was good for the goose was good for the gander, with the main difference being, of course, that John Kerry was actually "in theater," instead of womanizing and going AWPBHWPC (absent with permission because he was politically connected) in order to work on GOP Senate campaigns, stateside.TANG is so Summer of 1968. I couldn't give a rat's *ss what anybody did 40 years ago. TANG was never more than a sideshow promoted by Dan Rather and other DEM froth-at-the-mouth types in an attempt to derail GWB's electoral prospects. We all know how that worked out.
And I beg to differ on whether the country has any taste for "socialized medicine", to indulge you and your party's penchant for buzzwords and bumper stickers. I would venture to guess that an opinion poll on whether Medicare should be abolished would get single digit "Yes" responses, and that any such bill introduced in the Congress would lose 100-0 and 435-0, respectively. I also recall, in the aftermath of Ted Kennedy's death, various tributes to Orrin Hatch and Chuck Grassley for their bipartisanship in helping Kennedy pass legislation to extend health care coverage to disadvantaged children. And that's not to mention the massive expansion of Medicare pushed through a GOP-controlled Congress by a certain GWB.