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11 December 2005
Then as now, "It doesn't make any sense."
EUGENE McCARTHY 1916-2005
McCarthy was hero of antiwar movement
Eugene McCarthy, the senator whose run for the 1968 Democratic nomination galvanized the antiwar movement and crippled the presidency of Lyndon Johnson, died at age 89.
BY MARTIN MERZER
An unpopular war was going badly. The nation was restless. One politician stepped up.
The year was 1968. The war was in Vietnam. The politician was Eugene J. McCarthy.
McCarthy died in his sleep Saturday at an assisted living facility in Washington, D.C. He was 89 years old, and in his way, he was a hero.
At a crucial point of his life and in the nation's history, McCarthy took a stand and he helped to end a war, and he showed that it could be done within the system.
''The fellows running this war don't know where they're going or what they're up to,'' McCarthy said in retrospect during an interview years later. 'You didn't have to make a great moral judgment on it. You could simply say, `It doesn't make any sense.' ''