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Eugene McCarthy Dies Sunday, December 11, 2005

Former Senator Eugene McCarthy died in his sleep last night at the age of 89. He's perhaps best known for the havoc he created during the '68 presidential election.

The New York Times quoted him:

"There is only one thing to do - take it to the country!" Senator McCarthy angrily declared in a Capitol corridor 15 months before the 1968 election, after hearing the Johnson administration make its case for the legality of the war.

McCarthy was a dove during the Vietnam conflict and he held Johnson to task for the war. His attacks on Johnson, a fellow Democrat, cost Johnson heavily, to the point Johnson withdrew from his reelection campaign in 1968. McCarthy held to his convictions and as the Times pointed out, he challenged the notions of the WWII all powerful president.

posted by Stithmeister @ 11:13 AM

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