Politics: The Lost Coattails

As campaign manager, admiring biographer and ghostwriter for Barry Goldwater, Phoenix Businessman Stephen Shadegg appeared to have impressive Republican credentials in Arizona. But they were not enough: last week, seeking the G.O.P. nomination for the Senate seat held by Democrat Carl Hayden, Shadegg took a lopsided licking. The winner: State Senator Evan Mecham, 38.

Shadegg did his level best to grab Goldwater's coattails. He constantly invoked Goldwater's name, bragged of their close association, preached Goldwater conservatism. Like Goldwater, he criticized the United Nations, blasted the New Frontier, complained about the Administration's...

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