Eugene McCarthy: A Person’s Importance Is Not Measured by a Gallup Poll

Eugene McCarthy passed away on December 10, 2005. I often disagreed with Eugene McCarthy’s substance, but I enjoyed his style. Eugene McCarthy, RIP.

. . . a Gallup poll reported that 58 percent of those sampled had never so much as heard of McCarthy. The senator refused to be discouraged. “Had they asked,” he said, “they would have found that fewer still have heard of St. Benedict of Nursia, but that detracts not one whit from his importance.”

ROGER KAHN. “The Quiet Man.” The New York Times (Mon., December 19, 2005): A33.

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