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The assassination gave us candidate Humphrey and a traumatized party after a notoriously divided convention.  That gave us Nixon's second term.  What should have been a one term failed Republican administration became the foundation stone for almost all of the Republican tribulations visited on my country and the world, right up to today.  That alone is enough to single it out.

Beyond that, RFK was a unique and very special individual in his own right.  Read that quote again.  In that parade of special people who were taken from us that year, Bobby was the specialest, if I can coin a word.  It is endlessly fascinating and endlessly futile to play what-if with history, but I think it is a safe assumption that he would have gone on the win the nomination.  Whether he would have won the general election is less certain, perhaps, but the choice for American voters would have been as stark as black and white, and I like to think that we would have made the right choice.  And I don't think there is any doubt that an RFK presidency would have taken my country and the world in a very different, much more positive direction.

And then, one can only imagine with a certain wistfulness what Bobby and Martin might have done together had they both lived.

We all bleed the same color.

by budr on Thu Jun 12th, 2008 at 08:30:19 AM EST
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