Thursday, January 4, 2018
The learning curve in those early morning hours, as Bobby tried working the system as he saw it, unfortunately kept producing setbacks. The good news was that every bit of education he absorbed he wouldn't need to learn again. I once heard historian Arthur Schlesinger say, "Politics is essentially a learning profession." These hours in the summer of 1956 were teaching him its basic dynamic.
-Chris Matthews, Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit
The back drop is Jack Kennedy's attempt to be nominated as Adlai Stevenson's vice-president for Stevenson's second shot against Eisenhower. Sometimes a "no" is the best of all possible answers.