Issues: The Itchy-Finger Image

Republican Barry Goldwater is far, far behind in his race for the presidency — and rather than gaining ground, he is losing it. A Gallup poll last week showed that since July's Republican Convention in San Francisco, Goldwater has dropped by two points, to 31% while Democratic President Lyndon Johnson has gained by six, to 64%. The Gallup survey is borne out by almost every other political indicator.

Why is Barry doing so badly? Certainly not out of any vast national veneration for Johnson. A great number of Americans feel that in voting...

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