An Arizona Reader Says Goldwater Was Right About Concession Speeches

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11/06/08
- A California Journalism Student Explains The
Consequences Of John McCain

From: Hap
Collard (
e-mail
him)

John McCain is a “graceful”
loser to President-elect Barack Obama. [John
McCain Praises Barack Obama in Graceful Concession
Speech,
by Alex Spillius, The Telegraph,
November 5, 2008
]

And George W. Bush praised Obama
calling him the “triumph of an American story
and promised his complete
cooperation.”

Now, after calling him every name in
the book, suddenly Sarah Palin

loves
Obama, too:

“This
is an historic moment. Barack Obama has been elected
president. Let us, let us—let him be able to kind of
savor this moment, one, and not let the pettiness of
maybe internal workings of the campaign erode any of the
recognition of this historic moment that we`re in. And
God bless Obama and his beautiful family and the new
administration coming in.”

It`s all so bipartisan,
touchy-feely, politically correct garbage.

Worst of all, it`s boring!

Give me

Barry Goldwater
, any day.

In a little known footnote to his 1964
campaign against
Lyndon
Johnson
,

Goldwater
—who got swamped much worse than
McCain—refused to give his concession address until
mid-morning the next day.

Years later when asked why, the
irascible Goldwater said that there was no way he would
give Johnson the satisfaction.

And Goldwater, who hated Johnson for
his liberal politics and for having ordered the FBI to

bug his campaign plane
, said that he also refused to
give the New York Times the opportunity to print
his picture and the text of concession speech on the
Wednesday morning following the election.

Goldwater further reasoned that by
Thursday`s edition, anything he might have to say would
be old news and printed below the fold.

In the end, Goldwater was vindicated.

In 1968
, he was re-elected to the U.S. Senate as he
would be again in 1974 and 1980.


Johnson`s policies
, on the other hand, failed so
miserably that he did not dare seek office in 1968.


Collard is a historian from
Tucson
.