Ted Cruz is no Barry Goldwater — Thank God!

Dan Nowicki, the man who has crafted a career of being the resident McCain sycophant at the Arizona Republic, came up mighty short on facts in his recent column. Comparing Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to Barry Goldwater he concluded that Cruz falls short, though they “both emerged from the party’s conservative wing, and faced accusations of extremism from political enemies.”

Let’s be clear.  When Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater carried the Republican banner to defeat in 1964, it was a different Republican Party and a different electorate. Conservatism was not exactly a word rolling off people’s lips. It wasn’t until Ronald Reagan’s luminous speech —- “A Time for Choosing” —- promoting Goldwater, that voters had any idea what the concept entailed.

Reagan was a conservative. Goldwater was not.

Try to conceive of either Ted Cruz or Ronald Reagan endorsing a radical leftist over a conservative congressional candidate. The idea is preposterous.  Yet that’s exactly what Barry Goldwater did in 1992. He endorsed Berkeley-born and raised liberal, pro-abortion Democrat Karan English for a seat in what was then Arizona’s 6th Congressional District. With the power of his endorsement, she defeated conservative Doug Wead by a whopping 53 to 41 percent. Wead was a minister who had served as a special assistant to President George H. W. Bush. Goldwater declared Wead unacceptable, saying he “wore his religion on his sleeve.”

As it turns out, Arizona’s Republican icon, “Mr. Conservative” wasn’t a conservative at all, a fact omitted by reporter Nowicki.

After Goldwater’s endorsement spirited English to victory, anti-Barry ire was so intense, there was a movement to remove his name from AZ GOP headquarters. The story was big enough to gain coverage in the Chicago Tribune.

Abortion played a major role in this debacle. In addition to favoring term-limits and vouchers, Doug Wead was adamantly pro-life. The Goldwater’s were not. Barry and his wife, Peggy, were fans of the notorious eugenics proponent Margaret Sanger, (video) whose desire to limit those she considered “human weeds” and “genetically inferior races,” were key to Planned Parenthood’s abortion mission.

Goldwater even appeared in commercials in opposition of Proposition 110, The Preborn Child Protection Amendment, the intent of which was to limit abortions to saving the life of the mother or in cases of reported rape or incest.

The Peggy Goldwater Award, named in honor of Barry’s wife of 51 years — the founder of Planned Parenthood of Central and Northern Arizona — remains one of the group’s most prestigious awards.

Goldwater was vocal in his distrust of Doug Wead’s “connection to the religious right.” He hypocritically threw in the fact that Wead was a two-year resident of the state, calling him a “political carpetbagger” —- a charge he never leveled at carpetbagger John McCain, who succeeded him in the U.S. Senate. 

Cruz launched his 2016 presidential campaign at Liberty University, a Christian school founded by Rev. Jerry Falwell. Akin to his predecessor, McCain was so hostile to the minister he urged “good Christians” to “kick Falwell right in the ass.”

Conservatives can be confident that Ted Cruz is no Goldwater.

21 Responses to Ted Cruz is no Barry Goldwater — Thank God!

  1. MacBeth says:

    Ted Cruz is indeed nothing like Barry Goldwater. Regardless of what the Arizona Repulsive hopes, Cruz has a very good chance of not only carrying the GOP nomination, but of actually winning.

  2. East Valley Conservative says:

    I had to laugh at Jeff the Flake’s comment that was included in the Republic article. With jealously seeping out of every pore of his narcissistic body, he sliced and diced his senate colleague Cruz, saying words to the effect that he didn’t think Cruz was ready for prime time. (Sorry I don’t have the exact quote, but that’s a close approximation.) Flake wishes he was the one in the spotlight instead of relegated to being McCain’s echo machine. He’s also done a pathetic job of raising decent kids. One was outed as a bigot (Jeff apologized on his behalf!!!) and the other is now suing the taxpayers of Arizona for $millions after he was responsible for the deaths of over two dozen dogs. Great folks.

    • Doc says:

      Wait a minit…I didn’t read th’ repulsive’s article. But…li’l jeffy mcFlake said that Senator Ted Cruz ISN’T READY FOR PRIME TIME?!?!?!?
      Now THERE’S th’ pot callin’ th’ kettle BLACK! Whatta’ ma-roon!

      As for the post, a FINE one to be sure, SRAZ! I learned of th’
      other barry’s tactics right here several years ago. Last night, I donated what I could to Mr. Cruz’s campaign, & signed up to help as well. I know it’s a little early, but I followed something mcFlake has proven he lacks…my conscience.

      • Kent says:

        Well stated, Doc! I’m looking long and hard at Cruz and union fighting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker who survived a recall. We’ll learn more about all of them as the campaign season proceeds. On thing I do know, I will never support RINOs Jeb Bush or Chris Christy.

  3. Braveheart says:

    Nowicki is doing more of McCain’s bidding in trying to marginalize Cruz. Remember McCain called Cruz a “wacko bird”?? And thanks for the reveal on Barry Goldwater. Seems he wasn’t so “conservative” after all.

  4. SmallGovt says:

    A major difference is Barry Goldwater got the nomination and went down to defeat. Cruz will not get the nomination so will not lose the election.

  5. Conservative Since Birth says:

    There’s no comparison between Goldwater and Ted Cruz. I don’t think many people understand that Barry Goldwater was no real conservative. I thought he was “all over the place” politically. He even went from Judaism to Episcopalian. Some thought he was conservative, some thought he was a Libertarian.

    Ted Cruz is a Conservative. The media is attacking him for missing votes in the Senate. (How many “present” votes did Obama miss?) The Left treats him like an unserious candidate. He has a lot to overcome, especially the underhandedness of John McCain.

    It’s early and anything can blow up. But right now – I like Ted Cruz. Scott Walker is a hustler. I sent him some money when he was fighting the unions in Wisconsin. Now, I’ve already gotten three requests for money for his presidential run. I want to see more of Ted Cruz.

    • Anthem Al says:

      I don’t think Walker is anymore of a “hustler” than the rest of the pack. Once you get on their lists, you have to die in order to get off, and maybe not even then.

      Don’t you get the same “treatment” from your own member of congress? I once wrote a note of encouragement to an out of state politician and the requests for money never stopped until he retired years later. That taught me a thing or two about the mechanics of fundraising.

      • Conservative Since Birth says:

        I meant “hustler” in a positive way. I get many requests and 99.9% of them end up in the wastebasket.

    • azgary says:

      ted cruz is unfortunately of the amnesty and huge increases is legal immigration sort. until he renounces his support for anti american citizen amnesty and demands illegals need to leave the country hes just another chamber of commerce stooge. hes not even as “conservative” as Romney was on the issue. cruz by his own words apparently would have voted for the gang of eight bill if citizenship would have been removed

      people need to wake up to the fact that republican amnesty is no different than democrat amnesty, obamas amnesty is no different than mccains, which is no different than walker or cruz’s and don’t be fooled by those arguments that legalization is any different than citizenship, all will end with the same net result eventually; a permanent democrat voting majority, the end of the middle class and our nation. Illegals leaving the country by choice or by force is the ONLY acceptable solution:

      “What has not been as evident is what he supports: legal status for millions of people here already, while making it easier for immigrants to come here through the front door.
      Asked about what to do with the people here illegally, however, he stressed that he had never tried to undo the goal of allowing them to stay.
      “The amendment that I introduced removed the path to citizenship, but it did not change the underlying work permit from the Gang of Eight,” he said during a recent visit to El Paso. Cruz also noted that he had not called for deportation or, as Mitt Romney famously advocated, self-deportation.
      “I have said many times that I want to see common-sense immigration reform pass,” he said. “I think most Americans want to see the problem fixed.”
      But for Cruz, a Tea Party favorite who represents a state with rapidly changing demographics, finding common ground will not be easy. Many of the bedrock Tea Party supporters who helped elect him are immigration hard-liners who object to even the slightest nod toward amnesty, a loaded word that generally means providing an avenue for legal residency to people who entered the United States illegally. Such conservatives tend to favor mass deportation, or “self-deportation,” for the millions of undocumented immigrants.

  6. Ellsworth says:

    Goldwater, McCain, Kyl, Flake……not one of them has been worth a plug nickel as far as keeping their campaign word after election. There is but one single agenda they all have in common and that is remaining in power. Being ousted is unacceptable, so lies and any outright deceit that ensures their retention will do.

    What I find most baffling is the fact that the vacuous voters keep sending them back to the cushy jobs where they make more each year than most of the chumps who vote for them. Ask these gullible fools what any of the elected elites have done to better our lives or nation and the chumps can’t answer that tough question. Ask them if they like having illegals flood the USA, turning our nation into a Balkanized nightmare and they will give you an unequivocal “No!” Yet they keep voting for the ones who are screwing us and our future generation over and destroying the United States of America.

    Flake nearly lost to GW Bush’s former surgeon general Dr. Richard Carmona. He only won by 3 percentage points in 2012. Carmona was the democrat, but was more acceptable to most AZ republicans than Flake.

  7. LEO IN TSN says:

    Don’t forget that AZ’s own Barry G was in the tank for the homosexual choice of lifestyle “Get used to it, get over it, move over”

    Conservative??—no way. The allusion makes me cringe! Nope, Ted Cruz is no Barry G.

    God bless America.

  8. Night Owl says:

    Goldwater also blasted the followers of Rev. Pat Robertson as “a bunch of kooks.”

  9. SmallGovt says:

    The real story that should be covered is the Peoria School system pleading poverty and attempting to go to a 4-day week. Where is the contrary reports and the outrage over where the ample amount of money appropriated actually goes?

    Where is SRAZ?

  10. jon jensen says:

    barry goldwater would be run out of the party today at least in the primaries. The republicans who vote in the general would vote for him.

  11. SmallGovt says:

    If you want to get solicitation notes, make a donation to any religious group, the salvation army, and goodwill. The letters never stop coming.