Gene McCarthy’s first law of physics

In my post last night about Eugene McCarthy, I noted the opportunism of Robert Kennedy, who entered the 1968 presidential race only after McCarthy had exposed President Johnson’s vulnerability on the issue of the Vietnam war. My post caused reader Mark Arnold to recall what he aptly describes as “one of the great political insults of all time.”

A reporter asked McCarthy if he was upset that Kennedy had come in only after McCarthy had done the heavy lifting. McCarthy’s response: “You don’t blame the molecules for obeying the laws of physics.”


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