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Eugene McCarthy
1916 -

U.S. Democratic senator from Minnesota (1958-70), candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1968 and 1976 on an anti-war platform, best known for his peace activism


Saying we should keep the two-party system simply because it is working is like saying the Titanic voyage was a success because a few people survived on life rafts.

Sep. 10, 1978 - from a column in the Chicago Tribune
It is dangerous for a national candidate to say things that people might remember.

Being a politician is like being a football coach. Youíve got to be smart enough to understand the game, but dumb enough to think itís important.

The only thing that saves us from the bureaucracy is inefficiency. An efficient bureaucracy is the greatest threat to liberty.

Feb. 12, 1979 - quoted in TIME Magazine