The Corner

Ike and Goldwater

Mona writes:

Significant percentages of white southerners voted for Ike even though the Democratic party remained firmly segregationist and even though Eisenhower backed two civil-rights bills and enforced the Brown decision by federalizing the National Guard. 

If anything, that understates the matter. Contrary to the “trading places” myth, Eisenhower, a civil-rights leader, won a slightly larger share of the southern vote than Barry Goldwater would a few years later.