Nation: Bearish Barry

Goldwater, who has been doing some low-key campaigning on his own of late, maintains that Romney is chasing a will-o'-the-wisp. "At this point," Barry told an interviewer in Washington last week, "I don't see any Republican beating Johnson. No one in recent times has beaten an incumbent President.* The Democrats still control the cities, and the appeal of the federal dollar is still powerful."

His own experience in 1964 makes Goldwater an expert on the political impact of the civil rights issue. Thus he was bearish about Romney's chances of disentangling himself in the...

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