Saturday, December 10, 2005
Spier: Senator Eugene McCarthy dies at 89
Like Ernest Gruening of Alaska, Al Gore Sr. of Tennessee, G. William Fullbright of Arkansas, and Wayne Morse of Oregon, McCarthy went sour on Viet Nam long before most Americans. Unlike the slow-witted opportunists of both parties that inhabit Capital Hill nowadays, these men stood out for their intellectual gifts, unambiguous commitments and gifts of leadership.
That was the sixties and I was young and idealistic. Chicago ended a lot for a lot of people. Now, those leaders who made that idealism so real are all dead.
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