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McGovern & Goldwater: Losers or Winners?

Texas Chris Wrote: Oct 29, 2012 12:59 PM
"After 1964, the liberal establishment never again imposed a nominee on the GOP. " Except George H.W. Bush, Bob Dole, John McCain, and Mitt Romney. Meanwhile, they disenfranchised Ron Paul, the new face of the GOP's libertarian wing.
Early in Ronald Reagan's second term, Bill Rusher, the publisher of National Review, was interviewing the president in the Oval Office for a documentary on the conservative movement.

Rusher asked how he would describe Barry Goldwater's role.

Reagan thought a moment and replied: I guess you would have to call him the John the Baptist of our movement.

I resisted the impulse to lean in and ask, "Sir, if Barry Goldwater was John the Baptist, who would that make you?"

The death of George McGovern brought back thoughts of these two men who suffered two of the greatest defeats in presidential...