Democrats: Unforeseen Eugene

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He was laughed off as a windmill tilter, shrugged off as a lackluster campaigner, written off as a condescending cynic. But last week, when the votes in New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation presidential primary were counted, Minnesota's Democratic Senator Eu gene J. McCarthy came off—to practically everyone's surprise—a hero. THE UNFORESEEN EUGENE, proclaimed a placard toted by one of his fans after the balloting, and that said it all.

McCarthy's entry into the primaries against an incumbent President was unforeseen. His appeal on the stump, despite a low-key approach, was unforeseen. Most...

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