SENATOR EUGENE J. McCARTHY 1916-2005
In an introduction to Eugene McCarthy’s 1998 book No-Fault Politics, editor Keith Barris tried to explain McCarthy in various ways. He finally concluded that he was something a little more complicated: "A liberal Catholic and conservative human being."
Senator Eugene McCarthy will be remembered for different things. But his 1968 campaign for the U.S. presidency as a peace candidate stands out. He challenged the seemingly invincible Lyndon Johnson and transformed Democratic Party politics. For his supporters he was a brave man fighting the powers-to-be. To his detractors, he was a man of mystery who was too independent for electoral politics.