Nation: Gentleman & Scholar

In the closing days of the Wisconsin primary campaign, Lyndon Johnson's local agents found so few people willing to work for him without pay that they had to hire helpers from employment agencies. By contrast, 3,000 volunteers in Milwaukee alone were out ringing doorbells for Senator Eugene McCarthy.

McCarthy's appeal to youth is nonpareil. He is cool without being cold, a scholar with four books to his credit who once played semipro baseball, a father of four who spent a year as a Benedictine novice. He can talk to students—as well as to businessmen and farmers—with equal ease about politics and poetry....