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Obituaries Sen. Eugene McCarthy 2005

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#1 DWF

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Posted 10 December 2005 - 06:35 PM

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Former Minnesota Sen. Eugene J. McCarthy, whose insurgent campaign toppled a sitting president in 1968 and forced the Democratic Party to take seriously his message against the Vietnam War, died Saturday. He was 89.

McCarthy died in his sleep at assisted living home in the Georgetown neighborhood where he had lived for the past few years, said his son, Michael.

Eugene McCarthy challenged President Lyndon B. Johnson for the 1968 Democratic nomination during growing debate over the Vietnam War. The challenge led to Johnson's withdrawal from the race.

The former college professor, who ran for president five times in all, was in some ways an atypical politician, a man with a witty, erudite speaking style who wrote poetry in his spare time and was the author of several books.

"He was thoughtful and he was principled and he was compassionate and he had a good sense of humor," his son said.

When Eugene McCarthy ran for president in 1992, he explained his decision to leave the seclusion of his home in rural Woodville, Va., for the campaign trail by quoting Plutarch, the ancient Greek historian: "They are wrong who think that politics is like an ocean voyage or military campaign, something to be done with some particular end in view."

McCarthy got less than 1 percent of the vote in 1992 in New Hampshire, the state where he helped change history 24 years earlier.

Helped by his legion of idealistic young volunteers known as "clean-for-Gene kids," McCarthy got 42 percent of the vote in the state's 1968 Democratic primary. That showing embarrassed Johnson into withdrawing from the race and throwing his support to his vice president, Hubert H. Humphrey.

Sen. Robert Kennedy of New York also decided to seek the nomination, but was assassinated in June 1968. McCarthy and his followers went to the party convention in Chicago, where fellow Minnesotan Humphrey won the nomination amid bitter strife both on the convention floor and in the streets.

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Posted 10 December 2005 - 07:55 PM

means nowt to me but RIP anyhoo.
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Posted 11 December 2005 - 11:01 AM

One could say the end of an era...

RIP sir.

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Posted 12 December 2005 - 08:23 AM

Rest in peace, Gene.  

I'll never forget driving down the 101 and pulling up behind a VW bug with "Another Nixon for McCarthy" spray painted on the back.  We pulled around to pass, and sure enough it was our friend George from Humboldt State College.  :)  

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Posted 12 December 2005 - 12:54 PM

I remember how McCarthy's campaign attracted a lot of attention and how the election of 1968 changed due to his influence. Humphrey was too identified with Johnson and the Chicago convention and with RFK gone there was nothing left to hope for. My first presidential election was 1972, but I will never forget McCarthy and the idealism of the time. RIP...
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Posted 12 December 2005 - 01:55 PM

He changed history. What a remarkable man, not for catering to popular opinion, but for following his own drummer always.
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