William Weston, a sociology professor and moderate Democratic blogger, writes about the recently deceased liberal Democrat: "McGovern stood for good causes all of his public life, in office and out. He did not cash in in retirement; in fact, he didn't really even retire. By opposing the Vietnam War, though, the Democratic Party did acquire a reputation for softness. This was mostly undeserved, but not wholly. It is fitting, therefore, that the end of George McGovern's honorable life should come during the term of a Democratic president who is clearly not soft. An era has ended; another has begun."