What is on view here is a contest, apparently, between two who saw each other as villains before it began. We often find ourselves gripped by combat between those that are to some extent well matched, such as boxers or tennis players. Here, perhaps, the key element was fame. ABC saw an advantage to having these two duke it out during the 1968 conventions. It isn't clear there was any room for the notion that alternate takes on the issues were to be expected; rather each assumed moral depravity of the other. One can't help thinking this was not the best of enemies; that their best was expressed in other endeavors.

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