Known as a Representative and a Senator from Minnesota, Eugene McCarthy was more a poet and philosopher, than politician. What higher compliment can be made to a man who was elected to serve the people? A society that does not remember or understand its past cannot and will never be able to confront the present let along challenge the future. The embodiment of opposition to the Viet Nam debauch debacle, McCarthy was a true populist. In the tradition of Robert La Follette Progressives, “Clean Gene” had a popular appeal among reformers. Entrenched mechanics like Hubert Humphrey were tools of the establishment, but McCarthy was more the rebel – a Jesse Ventura – for the intellectual crowd.
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