THE PRESIDENCY: Recalling the Kennedys

We can measure political joy by John and Bob Kennedy. It is their special legacy, burned into the national consciousness 15 years ago Wednesday, when J.F.K, was assassinated. It has been enlarged in the intervening years as we have distilled the pure pleasure from the murky broth of reality of the 1960s.

Why is it that the night when Bobby walked through the rainy streets of Charleston, W. Va., to the threadbare hotel room of a defeated Hubert Humphrey remains the most poignant memory in primary politics? For one thing, Theodore White was there and he turned it into literature....

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