ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Boston vs Texas

THE sea-change that has occurred in the American political scene in the last few months is best illustrated by Senator Robert Kennedy's decision to contest against President Johnson. Robert Kennedy is known more for his political ambitions than for his liberal principles. If he still thought that opposition to an incumbent President might not only make him a loser in 1968 but also destroy his chances in 1972, he would have certainly ignored his principles for another year or so. The New Hampshire primary indicated to him, as it must have done to the Johnson camp, the terrifying impact on public opinion of the costly and meaningless war the US is lighting in Vietnam. The gold rush, perhaps, was the last straw on Johnson's back and the shrewd Senator could not have chosen a better moment to announce his candidature.

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