It is Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona, and the year is 1964. He went on to be nominated for President on the Republican ticket, exclaiming in his victory speech: “Extremism in defense of patriotism is no vice!”. He had the rabid support of members of the John Birch Society, a right wing, anti-Communist group dedicated to preventing Communism from reaching our shores. President Lyndon Johnson, seeking reelection, swamped Goldwater, winning all but six states….
As Legislative Assistant to a Congressman, Ted Vaill met Senator Goldwater several times in the 1960s, and found him engaging but not the brightest bulb in the room. Ted is now a recovering lawyer and filmmaker based in Los Angeles.