Something Happened: Eugene McCarthy’s 1968 Run for President

Quirky Senator Eugene McCarthy (no relation to Joe who he debated against) agreed when no one else would to run a protest campaign against Lyndon Johnson. That was when something happened.

The race for the Democratic Nomination in 1968 a complicated one, as one candidate would drop out and another die tragically. But for a while, with other candidates choosing not to enter primaries, the ’68 Democratic primary became a fight between two concepts of being “left” in politics. And two individuals that couldn’t be more different: Robert Kennedy and Eugene McCarthy.