The Nation: A Letter from Gene

Clean Gene McCarthy is nothing if not unconventional. "It might just be one of those things that people wake up and discover," he said recently of his possible candidacy for President in 1972. And lo, two days later, some 150,000 friends and former supporters received letters outlining practically everything but a date for a formal announcement of candidacy. Not that there is any doubt that he is off and running.

McCarthy's calendar for the coming weeks is a campaign shishkebab of speeches, interviews, poetry readings and huddles with politicians and financial angels. Already hinted...

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