Here’s a cute Buchwald article from right after the 1964 election, where LBJ absolutely wiped out Barry Goldwater in an Electoral College landslide. One of the Goldwater slogans was, “In your heart you know he’s right,” and Buchwald does a tease on that too.


Art Buchwald

There has been a great deal of soul-searching and name-calling amongst Republicans since the Presidential election. Dean Burch, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Barry Goldwater and Bill Miller have all come under heavy attack for the campaign they waged and moderate Republicans have demanded their ouster.

Strangely enough, the only people who seem to be defending the Goldwater campaign are the Democrats. We were having lunch at the National Democratic Club the other day and one of the leaders of the Democratic party told us, “I think Dean Burch has been unfairly attacked for the campaign he waged. We believe he did a great job and we hope he stays in for another four years.”

“But didn’t he make a lot of mistakes?”

“None that we can think of. We were very satisfied with everything he did. Of course, we were sorry to lose those five states in the South, but we can’t hold Burch responsible for that.”

“What about Barry Goldwater?”

“Here again, we feel people are being too critical. Mr. Goldwater made a great contribution to the Democratic Party and I know he’ll be remembered for it for many years to come.”

“Is that true of Bill Miller, too?”

“It certainly is. Bill Miller is one of our favorites, and since the election is over, I haven’t heard one Democrat utter a harsh word against him.”

“Then you think Governor Rockefeller was wrong in criticizing the campaign the two Republican candidates wagered?”

“I can’t speak for Rockefeller. All I can say is that as far as the Democrats are concerned the Republicans couldn’t have picked two better men than Goldwater and Miller.”

“You don’t think they made political mistakes?”

“Everyone makes mistakes during a campaign. We would have liked to have seen Goldwater hit the nuclear war issue harder, and perhaps attack the Social Security system with more vigor, but you can’t have everything. He did the best he could with what he had and we wouldn’t have changed one word of any of his speeches.”

“It’s nice to hear some kind words about Goldwater and Miller these days.”

“You won’t hear anyone in this club knocking them. As a matter of fact, we hope they run again in 1968 and we’re going to do everything we can to see the Republicans don’t make any changes. Every Democratic club in the country has sent a telegram supporting Dean Burch and the entire Barry Goldwater team. You can say what you want, the Democrats are not the kind to desert a loser.”

“Have you told Mr. Goldwater about it?”

“We’ve tried to, but he won’t answer his phone. I guess he was afraid we were going to be critical of him. But if he knew how much we thought of him, particularly with all the carping going on in his own party, I think he would have been pleased. In our Democratic hearts, we know he will always be right.”


About David B. Smith

I'm a math professor at San Bernardino Valley College - awesome place! - and author of adult Christian fiction. Lisa and I have two grown daughters and four grandkids.
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