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The “Miracle” Election

The “Miracle” Election

(p.126) 6 The “Miracle” Election
Bob Drinan
Raymond A. SchrothS. J.
Fordham University Press

In a letter to his would-be constituents on Boston College Law School stationery, Dean Drinan invited voters to the forthcoming caucus in Concord and reminded them that his new book, Vietnam and Armageddon, would appear very soon an “outline of a new challenging foreign policy for the United States in the 1970s.” And, he asserted, his visit to Israel in 1964 had made him highly qualified on Middle Eastern affairs. In a subsequent letter he pointed to his article in the current edition Theological Studies on abortion for those who had questions on that subject, which was not a big campaign issue but was roiling offstage. But as the campaign progressed, on a talk show, during a debate, and in interviews, both publications would give him some close calls. One would imperil his progress, and both would challenge and raise questions about his skill as a campaigner and spokesperson.

Keywords:   Father Robert Drinan, Jesuit priests, political campaign, elections, Vietnam and Armageddon

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