Nation: Quickening Passions

Whether croaking out a few bars of a Polish ditty on Dyngus Day* in South Bend, Ind., or japing down hecklers in Coos Bay, Ore., Robert Kennedy continued to elicit the extremes of ardor and rancor.

Since the New Yorker took the field and the President renounced a second full term, residual anti-Kennedy passions have quickened. Condemned variously for his antiwar stand, his "opportunism" in entering the race, his hippie hair, his pro-civil rights proclivities, his vendetta against Teamster Boss Jimmy Hoffa, his indentureship in the '50s under Joe McCarthy and myriad unspecified acts of vindictiveness, Kennedy seems to many to appeal...