Mr. Conservative: Goldwater on Goldwater (2006)

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Credited cast:
Julian Bond ...
Benjamin C. Bradlee
Herself (as Hillary Rodham Clinton)
Barry Cronkite ...
John Dean ...
Himself (archive footage)
Joanne Goldwater
Michael Goldwater
Peggy Goldwater-Clay


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18 September 2006 (USA)  »

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$800,000 (estimated)

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I Could Even Vote Conservative After Seeing This ****
30 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just kidding about my title but I have to admit that this is a fascinating documentary regarding the life of Barry Goldwater.

While a fiscal and military conservative, Goldwater certainly was not a social conservative. He was not anti-gay, or anti-abortion either. Had he run for political office today, the Conservative wing of the Republican Party would have looked at him far differently.

The documentary is fascinating as it takes us into a historical insight of the Republican nominee for President in 1964. A wide arrange of people are in it for commenting. Clare Booth Luce, an ardent Republican and screen writer, admired Goldwater. Rumor was that she wanted to be placed on the ticket. Maybe, that would have given the latter some pizazz as William Miller was a colorless V.P. candidate. Remember him doing commercials for the American express card?

Goldwater is shown never to mince words. His acceptance speech at the Cow Palace in San Francisco was memorable when he stated the groups that he didn't want to vote for him. This included bigots as he mentioned that his grandfather was a Polish Jew. Though a devout Christian, Goldwater had a rabbi as well as a priest officiate at his 1998 funeral.

His children and brother are forthright and a pleasure to listen to.

Let's remember that Lyndon Johnson did exactly what Goldwater was advocating regarding Vietnam.

Though I would have voted for President Johnson had I been eligible to vote, this marvelous documentary gave me a lot of insight regarding this American hero. Apparently, he was too right to be president.

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