Here I was doing some research about George Romney and his conflict with Barry Goldwater and the wingnuts of his day, when I looked up and mistermix had posted the Daisy Ad. With the Arizona and Michigan primaries next in line, Mittens may have a hard time explaining away his father’s refusal to support Goldwater in 1964 in Arizona while singing his father’s praises in Michigan.
So I was reading a 11-29-1966 New York Times article about the Romney/Goldwater feud (ROMNEY ATTACKED GOLDWATER RACE AS KEYED TO SOUTH; Letter to Defeated Nominee Gave Governor’s Reason…) and how Romney broke with Goldwater over the issues of Civil Rights, extremism and Republican values (according to some reports George Romney, with young Mitt in tow, walked out of the ’64 GOP Convention–during Goldwater’s speech–to protest the removal of a strong Civil Rights plank to the Party Platform).
In the article, I came across the two paragraphs cited above. Of course 27% would the number of Republicans who would not support any candidate who did not endorse Goldwater’s platform of crazy.
Not only is Mittens having a hard time getting the 27% to like him, he must also live in fear that some of them will remember just how much they hate his father. This should make the back and forth of the Republican campaign between Michigan and Arizona a land mine for Mitt as he tries to balance an embrace of the crazy while avoiding an embrace of their attacks on his dad. It will be sad to see him embrace the crazy and kick his dad to the curb, but that is what I expect him to do. George Romney deserves a better son.