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Dr Ron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-28-08 07:26 PM
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Barry Goldwater's Granddaughter Prefers Obama over McCain

John McCain is No Barry Goldwater

May 28th, 2008 by Ron Chusid

Yesterday I noted the analogies between the race between Obama and McCain and the fictional race on The West Wing between Santos and Arnold Vinick. While there are some similarities such as having a young charismatic Democrat taking on an older, more experienced and somewhat maverick Republican, there are also important differences. John McCain does not share the more libertarian traits of Arnold Vinick. McCain differs from Vinick in opposing choice on abortion and in supporting the folly of the Iraq war. Of course John McCain has never claimed to be Arnold Vinick. Instead he claims to be more like Barry Goldwater. Alison Goldwater Ross, granddaughter of Barry Goldwater, argues that McCain has rejected Goldwaters legacy.

The two Arizonans clashed on several occasions during their political careers. Goldwater, as documented in Pure Goldwater, a book by the Senators son Barry Jr., was depressed and angered by McCains involvement in the Keating Five scandal. Later in his career, a rift developed between the two after McCain used Goldwaters name without his permission for fundraising purposes.

My grandfather felt that he was deceived by McCain, she said. Because he looked at McCain and said, here was this young guy who has a lot of potential in the Republican Party, who is coming through the ranks, and then he pulled something like this. My grandfather had to ask, Is this something I want to be close to?

In his later years Goldwater did not go along with many of the changes in the right wing, and even began to think of himself as a liberal. This includes a rejection of the growing influence of the religious right in the Republican Party. While Goldwater was certainly a hardliner on the cold war, such a view in opposing a threat of the magnitude of the Soviet Union does not mean he would necessarily go along with actions counterproductive to our national security such as the Iraq war. Ross agrees:

I think, at the end of my grandfathers career, first of all he would be looking at what state we are in today with what Bush has done, and I think he would be just incredibly appalled, said Ross. I think his head would be spinning. How in the world did we get ourselves in this state? How did this happen? What went wrong? Where did this Republican Party go?

On the issues of Iraq, womens rights, and the separation of church in state, Goldwaters granddaughter says the gulf between Barry and McCain is vast.

I dont think my grandfather would ever pander to the religious right like McCain did. That would get him angrier than anything. He believed in the division between church and state, he fought that constantly. And these guys are getting in there religion is a wonderful thing but it does not have any place or purpose in politics, she said. My grandfather was for womens rights. The idea that my body is mine, and what I want to do with it, I will do with it McCain isnt of that mindset.

While Ross opposes McCain, this does not mean that she supports the old Goldwater Girl, Hillary Clinton:

So, whom would Goldwater support if he were alive today? Ross, whose dissatisfaction with McCain was first expressed on the website of BraveNewFilms, wouldnt say. But she herself is leaning towards Sen. Barack Obama, despite believing that Sen. Hillary Clinton has gotten the short end of the stick in terms of press treatment because of her gender.

Hillary, you know, was a Goldwater girl. And she has this great tenacity, Ross said. Unfortunately, she has been directed in some ways that havent really worked for her campaign I really like what Obama is representing. I like the fact that if he becomes our next president, the walls will come down; people around the world will view the U.S. as a more enlightened, open-minded country. It will be, overall, an extremely positive mood.

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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-29-08 12:41 AM
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1. joining Nixon and Eisenhower progeny
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Dr Ron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-23-08 12:14 PM
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2. Goldwater's Grandaughter Votes for Obama
The Atlanta Journal Constitution, in a post linking to this item, reports that Ross has voted early for Obama. I have a follow up post to my original post on this at Liberal Values:
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dwahzon Donating Member (338 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-23-08 12:23 PM
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3. I just read
the AJC article and noticed the DU link and came here to post about it.

Congrats, Dr. Ron. Nice linkage.

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