Republicans, at long last, were really in there fighting with tooth and nail.
There was only one problem: in all too typical, traditional style, they were doing all the righting among themselves, not against the Democrats.
In the depths of disaster, the big pitch of the party consensus was to remove not only Barry Goldwater but all of his henchmen from any position of power in the Republican hierarchy.
"This Goldwater ideology, the thing he called conservatism was beaten," cried Kansas' outgoing Republican Governor John Anderson, who did not stand for reelection. "It...