Fifteen years ago, it was observed that a major proportion of those who supported the reactionary position of Senator Robert Taft were people over 60, people who were still able to regard the graduated income tax, for example, as a wicked innovation. It was understandable that people of that generation, brought up to regard the world of 1912 as the norm, should be outraged by American involvement in Old World power-politics, by big government, and by all the other fundamental changes that had taken place since. Because the political support of the elderly is a wasting asset, however, I supposed that we were seeing the last of a reaction identified so largely with them. The fact that it is stronger than ever today shows that I was wrong.
– Louis Halle in the New Republic, September 19, 1964 — two months after Barry Goldwater’s presidential nomination
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