Republicans: Stage to Sacramento?

Near the end of the 1964 presidential campaign, veteran Actor Ronald Reagan, co-chairman of the Goldwater forces in California, appeared over national television and delivered a 30-minute speech. In it, Reagan served up some uncompromising conservative logic, plus a devastating denunciation of the welfare state, G.O.P. me-tooism, and Communist appeasement. At the same time, he provided just about the only dramatic moments in the whole, dreary Goldwater campaign.

"For almost two centuries we have proved man's capacity for self-government," Reagan said, "but today we are told we must choose between a...

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