Nation: Dying to Tell

Veep, Veep, who had the Veep? Hubert Humphrey wanted to know. His Minnesota senatorial colleague, Gene McCarthy, wanted to know. Majority Leader Mike Mansfield wanted to know.

Bobby Kennedy did not much care; by now he had other fry to fish. And apart from Hubert, Gene and Mike, and whatever other dark horse as yet unlit, there were roughly 190 million Americans who wanted to know too.

As of last week, the only fellow who had an inkling was the fellow in the White House, and like a kid bursting with a delicious secret, he was dying to tell—but would not. The mounting...

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