Democrats: Getting Snappish

As if on cue, all three Democratic candidates last week took off the gloves and began punching barefisted. Eugene McCarthy, for the first time, directly charged Robert Kennedy with a major role in the initial decision to commit U.S. military power to Southeast Asia, declaring that Camelot II might lead to "further involvements like Viet Nam."

Kennedy tried unsuccessfully to goad Hubert Humphrey into fighting directly in embattled Oregon and California, and the Vice President accused "some men"—meaning Kennedy—of "exploiting" the nation's problems to advance their own cause. "I do believe," Humphrey said, "there is such a thing as too much...