Nation: Mechanics of Rebellion

In setting out to challenge Lyndon Johnson, those not exactly friendly colleagues Gene McCarthy and Bobby Kennedy are also challenging history. The last time an incumbent President was denied renomination was in 1884, when James G. Blaine turned the trick against Chester Arthur, and went on to lose the general election.

Today's arithmetic is also discouraging. Until New Hampshire gave him the courage to dream, McCarthy had not seriously contemplated final victory; and charging into the primaries and convention halls where delegates are to be chosen, Kennedy is grimly aware of what he is up against. Sundry campaign captains recalled to active...

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