August 14, 2016

"In your guts you know he's nuts."

From LBJ Library (photos taken at a visit in 2007) — a reminder of what presidential politics were like in the 60s. Goldwater (1964) was crazy:

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And the Democrats (in 1968) presented themselves from the female perspective:

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29 comments:

Big Mike said...

LBJ always was a hardcore slimeball -- making him a very typical Democrat.

Oh Yea said...

Not the '60's and on a bumper sticker instead of a button, you can't forget: "Don't Change Dicks in the Middle of A Screw, Vote for Nixon in '72"

smitty said...

It's a good thing that Goldwater wasn't elected in '64, otherwise we would have gotten involved in a shooting war in Southeast Asia.

...wait.

Chuck said...

And of course, Barry Goldwater was not nuts.

Time showed that.

Goldwater went on to be one of the Republicans' great domestic statesmen in Washington. He was one of the most distinguished Republican senators of the 20th century, and was singularly instrumental in the resignation of Richard Nixon.

There's not a chance, that Donald Trump (nearly 70 years old now) will ever compile a public record anything like Barry Goldwater's.

boycat said...

He's already exceeded it in many ways, Schmuck. You're just too blind to see.

Larry J said...

LBJ was probably the most corrupt president in US history. If elected (may God forbid), Hillary will make him look like a saint by comparison.

Rhythm and Balls said...

Why is peace and a verdant planet the "female perspective?" Have you ever watched an episode of Real Housewives...? And I fail to see how the default male society should be Somalia.

n.n said...

I replaced one head with another and the assertion was equally true. Still, the association lingers.

n.n said...

The female perspective was dainty and pro-life... In your guts you know she's nuts.

chickelit said...

Rhythm and Balls asked...Why is peace and a verdant planet the 'female perspective?'

You're forgetting that Muskie cried.

coupe said...
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readering said...

Come on, it was a take-off on his main slogan, in your heart you know he's right plus his ... extremism in the defense... virtue speech line. Which was kind of nuts.

rhhardin said...

"Goldwater for Halloween" was a poster.

coupe said...

Let it be known, that Goldwater knew Morse Code, and could handle a soldering iron.

He could change the oil on all his cars, and you can't say that about Kennedy, Johnson, or Humphrey.

rhhardin said...

Goldwater was a pilot and a ham, so couldn't be all that bad.

I think Jean Shepherd was both too.

rhhardin said...

K7UGA and K2ORS respectively.

D.E. Cloutier said...

Nuts: Goldwater, Nixon*, McCain, Trump.

Stupid: Eisenhower, Ford, Reagan, Quayle, George W. Bush.

I wish the Democrats had more imagination. Their claims have become very boring.

*Example: "President John F. Kennedy and former California Gov. Edmund G. 'Pat' Brown were recorded referring to Richard Nixon as 'nuts' and 'psycho' after Brown beat Nixon in the 1962 governor's race."
Link:
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/jfk-nixon-is-nuts/

coupe said...

Patrick Sherrill went "Postal" in Edmond, Oklahoma and was a Ham. Goldwater however, only believed in adjudicated executions.

rhhardin said...

Jean Shepherd kazooed out his call once on the air, which is how I know it.

rhhardin said...

Easy to remember. ORS was "OR to storage" on the IBM 7090.

Bob Ellison said...

Just spit-balling here:

If you're hintin', maybe vote Clinton.

You're a chump if you vote Trump.

Johnson-Weld if you're brave.

A tuppence for Pence, 'cause Trump might be benched.

Hill the Bill!

Fondle the Donald!

Unknown said...

Anyone else notice the then/than mistake in the lower right?

Or am I missing an intentional pun from a more literate age?

Lloyd W. Robertson said...

As I recall from my days teaching Intro to American Gov't, women don't always vote differently from men, but when they do, it's often about peace and war. Humphrey and Muskie were going for the peace vote, but partly because LBJ had forced Humphrey to defend the status quo in Vietnam, Nixon basically tied with Humphrey among women. In 1972 Nixon got 62% of women, McGovern 38%.

Bob Ellison said...

Oh, and of course:

Kaine is able, even if Hillary isn't.

LarsPorsena said...

Barry was nuts then but later he was rehabilitated by the press as a 'respected elder statesman' when he disapproved of Nixon.

Bob Ellison said...

Unknown, I noticed that then/than problem. That was a standard problem taught in schools decades ago, and I suspect that that button reflects it. It might even be a linguistic or spelling thing: maybe they were the same spelling or word back than.

The use of apostrophes online, even here on this blog (thought not by the author), amazes me. Things like Arab's don't eat pork and Its not my problem abound. (The latter example, though, is an abomination of punctuation problems that never should have come about.)

dbp said...

The yellow button with a peace symbol is a little hard to understand:

"There's A Better way" on top then on the bottom "Then L.B.J."

I can see how it makes sense as an anti-LBJ button, but then it should be Than not Then. It would make sense as another Democrat trying to get the nomination. With Then, it is kind of subtle if it isn't a mistake: The meaning would be something like: There is a better way. And then there is LBJ, which is not a good way.

Clyde said...

Muskie wasn't the one who had the electroshock treatments, was he? Oh, right that was Eagleton...

rehajm said...

My daughter Océane, who is 25 now, has no clue who LBJ and Goldwater were.

She probably doesn't know what Gilligan's Island is either.