Mr. Conservative

New York Times, May 31, 1998.


There wasn’t much left of the Barry Goldwater I knew when, in 1994, he made his regular appearance at the annual Goldwater Award dinner. That year the prize went to Lady Thatcher. For the convenience of the press, the award was presented in a hotel salon, away from the crowd. The cameras whirred.

”Well, I am honored, Senator,” said the guest of honor. ”How many people before me have accepted this award?”

”You are the first,” Goldwater replied.

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