Thursday, June 5, 2008

Bobby wins California and South Dakota

What was to be a victory party became a wake. Robert Kennedy, on the day that ended, Tuesday 4 June 1968, had won two state primaries. The big state of California, in which chicanos, negroes and the young voted for JFK’s brother, and the birth state of HHH voted Kennedy. There were thirteen primaries that year. The convention was to be held in Chicago, Illinois, and the mayor, Richard Daley was an ally. Daley ran, perhaps, the last party machine, and he might deliver Illinois. Then, disaster hit. The country changed for the far worse. We are still living in that wake.

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