SOURCE: The Atlantic
by Ronald Brownstein
Historian Matthew Dallek says that the prominence of conspiracy theorists and the far right in the Republican Party's base means that there will be no move to push extremists out like there was after Barry Goldwater's 1964 candidacy.
by James A. Morone
In 1964, George Wallace's primary challenge to LBJ inspired Republicans to take up the mantle of the white party. Trumpism represents the dead end of that path.
SOURCE: USA Today
by Jonathan Zimmerman
Is that the future Republicans want? To borrow from William F. Buckley, is the GOP willing to acquiesce quietly in QAnon's falsehoods? The answer, for the moment, would seem to be yes.
SOURCE: The New Republic
by Bruce Bartlett
The growing importance of racially conservative white Republicans in the western states after World War II helped present southern whites with a viable alternative to the Democratic Party.
by Garrett M. Graff
Barry Goldwater had the power to tell Nixon it was all over. But don’t expect a repeat this time.
Trump’s allegations about FBI surveillance may be baseless. But it actually happened to Barry Goldwater.
Historian Brian Allen Drake says Barry Goldwater, whatever his other policies, was an enthusiastic environmentalist
by Brian Hamilton
In an interview he notes that Goldwater even supported the establishment of the EPA.
by Michael Kazin
Nearly every nationally prominent Republican politician owes his ideas to Barry Goldwater.
William W. Scranton, the moderate Republican governor of Pennsylvania from 1963 to 1967, who lost a run for his party’s presidential nomination in 1964 and later served as the United States representative to the United Nations, died on Sunday in Montecito, Calif. He was 96.The cause was a cerebral hemorrhage, Micheal DeVanney, a family spokesman, said.A descendant of Mayflower colonists and the founders of Scranton, Pa., heir to a fortune in railroads and utilities, the soft-spoken Mr. Scranton was heralded as a “Kennedy Republican” in the early 1960s. His amiable patrician style, and his independence as a fiscal conservative who supported civil rights and other liberal programs, proved popular with voters. He seemed poised for a national political future....
by Scot Faulkner and Jonathan Riehl
Brent Bozell and William F. Buckley in 1954. Credit: Wiki Commons/UCLA Library/LA Daily News.Recent Republican and conservative convocations have displayed one common thing. Those who pass for thinkers and leaders of these intertwined movements think they can keep doing the same things but achieve better results. With the notable except of Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, most Republicans, after sifting through the debris of November 6, think they need new spokespeople and better packaging.The only thing standing between Republicans and the great Reagan landslides of 1980 and 1984 is them. This is a sad commentary on once noble movements. Republican and conservative “leaders” think twenty-first-century Americans are waiting to embrace tenth-century stands on social issues and science, and blustery vague pronouncements on government spending. Does any rational person think today’s Republicans and conservatives bear the slightest resemblance to those who rallied around Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan? Those two icons would not have finished in the top ten in the 2012 Iowa caucus or South Carolina primary.
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