Speaking of one-party states, the deep South deserves mention. It used to be a
conglomerate of one-party states under the label Democrat. All that changed with
the rise of the civil rights cause in the post-World War II years.Today, the anti-Washington, anti-government philosophy of the far right has
made the region solid red state territory. That the Republican Party was once
the party of Lincoln doesn't even matter. After a century and a half, Dixie
is still unable to let go of the Civil War.
Roland KayserCottonwood Heights, UTGoldwater was also pro-choice and
and pro-gay rights, which would make him a unacceptable to today's GOP
(outside of deep blue states). He also opposed JFK's tax cuts which would
doom him today. Odd to think that Barry Goldwater was far too liberal to be a
modern Republican.8:45 a.m. July 24, 2014====== ...and don't forget legalizing medical Marijuana.A few
years before his death he addressed establishment Republicans by saying, "Do
not associate my name with anything you do. You are extremists, and you've
hurt the Republican party much more than the Democrats have."Talk about sliding to the uber-far-right...Who could have EVER thought
that today's GOP would be labeling Barry Goldwater as a RINO?!
Yes, Nixon was elected in 1968 but I think a pivotal event happened in history
to lead to that result, the assassination of RFK. No way Nixon beats RFK, who
unlike Johnson, opposed the Vietnam war and after all, was a Kennedy.
This is the lesson that the GOP needs to learn with the nomination of Goldwater
in 1964. He was the tea-party Republican of his time. He even railed against
"moderation" in acceptance speech. He was seen as the alternative to
the more moderate Nixon who lost to Kennedy in 1960. But what happened to
Goldwater. He was crushed in 1964 by LBJ. If the GOP doesn't go moderate,
they will be crushed, maybe not to this extent, but it will still be ugly. The
lesson from Romney is that that a moderate GOP candidate can do well. Perhaps
without the harsh 47% comments, along with Hurricane Sandy, the election might
have turned out differently, perhaps closer at the very least. But if the GOP
puts up a Cruz, a Santorum, a Palin or Perry, they will be crushed like a grape
by whatever Democrat is put forward (and I don't see Clinton as the lock
In this day and age, Barry Goldwater ("Mr. Conservative" who started the
conservative movement and defined conservatism, and was considered to be on the
far right fringes of the political spectrum at that time) would be called
"RINO and "liberal" (and wouldn't have a chance of being
nominated for pretty much any political office where the far right is in
control) That's how far the extreme far right has skewed and hijacked the
party to the far right fringes. Sad.
It probably wouldn't have changed the final outcome of the 1964 electoral
count, but it seems the height of hypocrisy that the Johnson campaign made
Goldwater into a dangerous Cold War Hawk. Remember the TV ad with the little
girl and the nuclear bomb mushroom cloud that implied that if the voters
didn't vote for the "President" (LBJ) that Goldwater would cause
nuclear war?Then what happened? Johnson pushed the United States
totally into the Vietnam War, which took a year out of my life. Johnson turned
out to be the war hawk. I expect Hillary Clinton to try the same sort of crap.
EsquireSpringville, UTMr. Will, are you decrying California as a
one-party state? How about all the other one-party states, including Utah? Or is
your lament only one-sided.========= Seriously, Utah's AG, and former AG just got arrested, and we STILL see
these die hard Republicans calling it a partisan witch-hunt....That's about as blindly ONE-sided as one can possibly get.
Brown 52, Kashkari 33Rah-Rah-Reee!You go George!Your guy is down by 19, but gotta had it, having the GOP pick
someone who is not Archie Bunker is an improvement.
Mr. Will, are you decrying California as a one-party state? How about all the
other one-party states, including Utah? Or is your lament only one-sided.It is interesting that it took a Democratic Jerry Brown to substantially
tame the budget mess that CA has faced for a very long time, one that had its
roots in Proposition 13 in 1978, led by Howard Jarvis. History has shown that
the Utah born Jarvis' concepts, like Sam Brownback's in Kansas today,
are disastrous policies. Following Paul Ryan and the House GOP would be a
crippling blow to the entire nation. These a models based on greed and
narcissism, and will always fail.
Goldwater was also pro-choice and and pro-gay rights, which would make him a
unacceptable to today's GOP (outside of deep blue states). He also opposed
JFK's tax cuts which would doom him today. Odd to think that Barry
Goldwater was far too liberal to be a modern Republican.
Another young, smart, strong, minority Republican running for office. How can
this be in the party that all the media, liberals, and Democrats claim is the
party of old white men?
"Kashkari promises to derail Brown's obsession — the (at least)
$68 billion San Francisco-to-Los Angeles bullet train." I guess
Will thinks he selected an obvious Brown weakness, but high speed rail is
necessary investment - virtually the rest of developed world is doing it (China
- the world's largest economy is doing both high speed and maglev). The
United States will have to do it too if it wants to stay #2 and not fall farther
behind (get used to this idea).