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Unwanted: RFK Jr.

Once upon a time, the possibility of a candidacy like Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s being denied would have been unthinkable.

Credit: Yaakov (DryBones) Kirschen.
Credit: Yaakov (DryBones) Kirschen.

Fifty-five years ago I was a delegate to the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.  Like other delegates, I had been chosen in a primary election to represent the Democrats of the congressional district in which I lived.

Once at the convention, I witnessed the exciting negotiations, coalition-building and horse-trading that went on between delegates and delegations. A process which, in the end, produced a presidential candidate.

It was democracy alive and in action. There were no “superdelegates.” No top-down control. And the possibility of a candidacy like Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s being denied would have been unthinkable.

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