Jan 9, 2008

New Hampshire and the McCarthy legacy

With the New Hampshire primaries at hand, let us remember the life of Senator Eugene McCarthy, who rose to fame in that state in 1968 and brought down a sitting president of his own party in the process. What was the disagreement between the gentleman from Minnesota and LBJ? Viet Nam, that's what. Read his obituary here.

We're prone to do the "Local Connections" thing here on this blog; here's an appropriate one today:

In his later years, Mr McCarthy became a prolific writer of books and newspaper columns. One of those books was A Political Bestiary, a quirky look at the jungle of politics. The artist for the second edition of this heavily-illustrated, coffee-table sized hardcover was Christopher Millis of Saratoga, who is also known for his work on the Close To Home comic strip. We know that guy.

Some random quotes from the Poet of Capitol Hill on this anniversary of his triumph:

"It is dangerous for a national candidate to say things that people might remember."

"Being in politics is like being a football coach. You have to be smart enough to understand the game, and dumb enough to think it's important."

"The only thing that saves us from the bureaucracy is inefficiency. An efficient bureaucracy is the greatest threat to liberty."

"There comes a time when an honorable man simply has to raise the flag."


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