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The Man Who Doomed Goldwater



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Item: “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice; moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.” –Barry Goldwater at the 1964 GOP Convention

PETER ROBINSON: And the person that wrote that phrase is?

HARRY JAFFA: Yes, I did it.  That this contributed to Goldwater’s defeat, I think is true…I never wrote another speech for a presidential candidate.

All right, we confess.  In a year in which Lyndon Johnson would almost certainly have defeated any Republican, Harry Jaffa didn’t exactly bar Barry Goldwater from the White House.  What he did do was play a central, and fascinating, role in the conservative movement, which is the subject of the good Dr. Jaffa’s conversation today on Uncommon Knowledge.

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