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  •  Goldwater's views didn't change (5+ / 0-)
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    417els, CookyMonzta, indres, BYw, bill warnick

    between 1964 and 1994. The party moved to his right.  The same views that were unacceptably extreme-right in 1964 were to the left of most of the GOP thirty years later. By the 1990s, Goldwater was endorsing Democrats for Congress... which says more about the Republican Party than it says about him.

    I think every good Christian ought to kick Falwell right in the ass.
    -- Barry Goldwater, 1981

    Our party is being hijacked by a bunch of kooks!
    -- Barry Goldwater, 1989

    When you say "radical right" today, I think of these moneymaking ventures by fellows like Pat Robertson and others who are trying to take the Republican party and make a religious organization out of it. If that ever happens, kiss politics goodbye.
    -- Barry Goldwater, 1994

    We're the new liberals of the Republican Party. Can you imagine that?
    -- Barry Goldwater, 1996, to Bob Dole

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