The Wallace supporters, Delaware bridesmaids, Gary steelworkers, Nebraska farmers, and Chicano farmworkers mourned [Robert Kennedy] so fiercely because they sensed that he tried to educate rather than manipulate them, reconcile rather than divide, engage them in a dialogue rather than feed them the message of the day, appeal to their better angels instead of their wallets, and demand sacrifice instead of promising comfort. They mourned him because they ached for a leader who could heal their wounded nation and restore its tarnished honor, and because they ached to feel noble again.
The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days that Inspired America (page 281)