Wednesday, June 15, 2016


Goldwater's landslide loss in 1964 gave us the Voting Rights Act, Fair Housing Act, Medicare and Medicaid. But his success among racists also revealed the potential of what became Nixon's Southern Strategy in 1968, which embedded racial resentment in mainstream conservatism and has polarized national politics along racial lines ever since.

Whatever happens this fall, some rough beast is coming.

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