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Goldwater and Romney each had a “47 percent” moment

Mitt Romney‘s unfortunate comments about writing off the 47 percent of Americans he considers moochers reminds me of similar comments made by another hapless Republican presidential candidate, this one in 1964. That year, it was Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, the … Continue reading

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Daisy Girl: The TV spot that changed American politics

Forty-eight years ago tonight — September 7, 1964 — an innocent little girl transformed political advertising in a sixty-second television spot that exploded, literally and figuratively, the way that American politicians sold themselves to the public. Sept. 7 was the … Continue reading

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Bombs Away: What’s so bad about those negative ads?

You’ve probably already witnessed some the verbal hand-wringing in the news media about the toxicity of the political attack ads invading America’s living rooms. Never mind that these journalists and talk show hosts, especially cable news, are among the worst … Continue reading

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Mitt’s About to Enter “Goldwater Land”

In an otherwise-routine and undistinguished interview a couple of months ago, Mitt Romney hoped that former Indianapolis Colt’s quarterback Peyton Manning wouldn’t head to the New England Patriots. Then, he added, “The owner of the Miami Dolphins and New York … Continue reading

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