1964

The presidential loser who 'won the future'

Ed Feulner, Washington Times

Fifty-five years ago this month, Barry Goldwater launched his quixotic campaign to be the Republican candidate for president. In the process, he turned American politics upside down. He won the nomination, but lost the general election — badly — capturing only six states, 52 electoral votes and 39 percent of the popular vote. It was the largest margin of defeat in a presidential race up until that time. And yet Mr. Goldwater affected American politics more than many winning candidates have. Not a bad legacy for a man who, in the words of George Will, “lost 44 states but won the future.”