WE WERE THE CAMPAIGN: New Hampshire to Chicago for McCarthy by Ben Stavis

WE WERE THE CAMPAIGN: New Hampshire to Chicago for McCarthy

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KIRKUS REVIEW

An unpretentious, qualifying reconnaissance of ""how we students and other young people"" became involved in the McCarthy campaign with lots. of enthusiasm, peanut butter (early headquarters staple), and hope that via McCarthy the war in Vietnam would be ended. This then is at a less official level than Herzog's McCarthy for President (p. 905) with by far more over criticism of Kennedy and progressively of McCarthy their candidate ignores his schedule and his public and toward the end fails to appear before black audiences; his aloofness, which was part of his image, had its limitations. Stavis has many doubts of his executive capabilities and, as a graduate student in-political science, he realizes increasingly the discrepancy between theory and practice. His eagerness is considerable at the beginning during the helterskelter days in New Hampshire and Wisconsin (lack of money; lack of local support); definitely it is anything but that when he fell asleep during the ayesaying television debate with Kennedy And the ""new children's crusade"" certainly reached its terminus not only because of Mayor Daley but also because of the infusion of more militant ""missionary"" activists Stavis did not particularly want associated with them. Stavis is equally uncertain about the consequence of the campaign -- was it an ""erratic, unique' episode"" or will it be the ""crucible of an enduring new type of politics""? There are many reservations throughout.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1969
Publisher: Beacon