Democrats: McCarthy in Limbo

For a short time, he had seemed to stand near the focal point of American political life, but now Senator Eugene McCarthy is seeking the periphery.

Since his defeat at the Democratic Convention last summer, intimates have sensed in him a deep desire to retreat al most entirely from public prominence.

His support of Russell Long over Ted Kennedy for the post of Democratic whip amazed and angered many of his followers. But at least that move could be explained in personal and political terms: McCarthy holds no love for the Kennedys, and he was indebted to Long for past...

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