Newspapers: Reaction to Bobby

With remarkable consistency, the U.S. press corps has risen in indignation against the candidacy of Bobby Kennedy. Even those who have come to his defense have demonstrated a conspicuous lack of enthusiasm. Of those newspapers and columnists who have commented, the great majority object both to the manner in which he entered the presidential race and his subsequent campaigning. Their tone ranges from outrage to contempt to a kind of weary resignation, as if to say, "Well, that's politics."

One of the most outraged was the conservative Chicago Tribune. "This is the cheapest sort of opportunism," it said. "Not since...