Peace-Minded Politics

WHEN in 1968 I met another Senator McCarthy - Eugene McCarthy - I introduced myself as his ``John the Baptist.'' The religious-minded candidate may have found the comparison irreverent (though at least it cast him in the role of Jesus), but it was strictly accurate in that my type of campaign, built on the enthusiasm of volunteers and students, prefigured at the statewide level the new politics he was launching on a national scale. Four years later, in 1972, the stony and unpropitious ground I had tried to evangelize distinguished itself as the most peace-minded in the country.... Massachusetts had been alone in giving its vote to George McGovern.

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