Nation: Gene's Bind

As he fought gamely to spread nationwide the brush fire he started in New Hampshire, it was difficult to tell whether Eugene McCarthy was running harder against Lyndon Johnson or Robert Kennedy. And the underdog who promised to go the distance found it impossible not to acknowledge that reconciliation was possible with either rival at the August convention. It was a curious crusade. From St. Patrick's Day in Boston, through college campuses in Maine and Washington, D.C., to next week's primary-election battleground in Wisconsin, McCarthy displayed his customary nonchalance. The crowds were numerous...