Politics: The Myth America Contest

Every political year gives rise to political myths, and 1964 is no exception. Of the two most prevalent so far, one works against Barry Goldwater, the other for him.

Myth No. 1 is that "Goldwater's nomination would set the Republican Party back 20 years."

The New York Times, which fervently believes this one, gave Barry a break of sorts last week when it cut the period by which Goldwater's nomination would set the party back to a mere decade.

The notion behind the myth is that although Goldwater would almost certainly lose to Lyndon Johnson, he would remain the party's...

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