This video is making the rounds at looney left sites like Buffoon Juice and Cheetoville:
In 1964, Lyndon B. Johnson was running for president against right-wing loony toon Barry Goldwater. He ran some campaign commercials against Goldwater, one of which got the title “Confessions of a Republican.” The campaign tried to appeal to the rational wing of the Republican Party. The section of the party not totally losing their minds about changes in civil rights and cold war hysteria. LBJ would defeat Goldwater is pretty decided fashion. One of the reasons for this big victory, according to analysts after the fact, was that Barry Goldwater was a nut job and most Republicans got sick of the extreme circus he was selling.
According to the loony lefties this video proves that Republicans have been crazy sumbitches for a long time. Actually, it only proves that Democrats have been accusing Republicans of being crazy sumbitches for over fifty years.
What is missing from this picture is something that happened in November 1963. JFK was assassinated, and LBJ became president. As with the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 and the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the shocking murder of a handsome young president caused a sudden shift in public opinion.
JFK was not particularly popular in many parts of the country and was looking at a tough reelection campaign, then upon his death he was practically elevated to sainthood. LBJ wrapped himself in JFK’s legacy, even though the two men didn’t care for each other.
Goldwater was portrayed as a warmonger, but it was LBJ who escalated the war in Vietnam. In 1968 he decided not to run for reelection when he realized he might not even win the Democratic nomination.
Rockerfeller went on to serve three more terms in the Senate and became a widely respected elder statesman:
Goldwater returned to the Senate in 1969, and specialized in defense policy, bringing to the table his experience as a senior officer in the Air Force Reserve. In 1974, as an elder statesman of the party, Goldwater successfully urged President Richard Nixon to resign when evidence of a cover-up in the Watergate scandal became overwhelming and impeachment was imminent. By the 1980s, the increasing influence of the Christian right on the Republican Party so conflicted with Goldwater’s views that he became a vocal opponent of the religious right on issues such as abortion, gay rights, and the role of religion in public life. After narrowly winning re-election to the Senate in 1980, he chose not to run for a sixth term in 1986, and was succeeded by fellow Republican John McCain.
Goldwater is credited with laying the foundation of the modern conservative movement, which rose to power with the election of Ronald Reagan.
Donald Trump is no Barry Goldwater, but he’s not a crazy sumbitch either.