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“In the years lead­ing up to Barry Gold­wa­ter’s death, con­ser­va­tives won­dered what had hap­pened to their hero. They had won­dered for some time, ac­tu­ally — since at least 1976, when Gold­wa­ter en­dorsed mod­er­ate in­cum­bent Ger­ald Ford over in­sur­gent con­ser­va­tive Ron­ald Rea­gan for the Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion. Back then, con­ser­va­tive ac­tivist John Lofton sug­gested Gold­wa­ter must not be in his right mind, ‘still in an ether fog’ from re­cent hip re­place­ment surgery: ‘Pos­sessed of all his fac­ul­ties, he would never say the things he has been say­ing about Rea­gan.’

“But by the early ’90s, there could be no doubt: Gold­wa­ter [de­nounced] the Re­li­gious Right at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity, spoke out for abor­tion rights, and not only sup­ported let­ting gays serve openly in the mil­i­tary, but even lent his name to an ef­fort to pass fed­eral an­tidis­crim­i­na­tion laws for ho­mo­sex­u­als — quite a turn­about for a man who as a sen­a­tor had once stood on fed­er­al­ist grounds against the 1964 Civil Rights Act.”

— Daniel McCarthy, writ­ing on “There’s Some­thing About Barry,” in the Nov. 5 is­sue of the Amer­i­can Con­ser­va­tive

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