November 18th, 2003  |  Published in Uncategorized

E.J. Dionne asks “Is Dean Goldwater?”

It is the Goldwater campaign, not George McGovern’s 1972 antiwar crusade, that Dean’s movement most resembles. Goldwater was not about “new ideas.” He was about preaching the full conservative gospel and giving his followers a vehicle through which they could organize and put it into practice. Goldwater had his share of verbal gaffes. His supporters found them endearing. “Moderation in pursuit of justice is no virtue,” Goldwater said. You could imagine a Dean supporter saying that.

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