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The Bobby Kennedy Myth

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To the black and brown voters who comprised the base of his support, he seemed a savior. It was days after his defeat in Oregon, and he was in the fight of his life. But it’s fair to say that he was one of the first national Democrat in aftermath of the Voting Rights Act to solidify the loyalty of black and Latino voters in large and meaningful numbers.

It wasn’t merely that Kennedy managed to build the coalition that eluded his brother, though by April he led Carter in polling among Jews, Catholics and liberals.

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