The Corner

Goldwater 1964

Goldwater may have run as a classical liberal, but it’s a mistake to underestimate the “social issue” dimension of his campaign for voters. Crime, welfare, discontent with the “East Coast liberal establishment,” and, it must be said, civil rights all had something to do with Goldwater’s support.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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