Janet Napolitano Versus Barry Goldwater

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Former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano has launched an undeclared war on her state’s former senior senator and America’s long-time “Mr. Conservative.”

At the GOP National Convention in San Francisco in 1964, Goldwater famously proclaimed that “extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.”

Now Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano “says officials need to drill down and analyze the factors that make a young person, raised in the U.S., migrate to extremist beliefs and actions.” Napolitano was speaking to a gathering of the nation’s governors. Apparently, not one of them rose to condemn her.

Enter the Thought Police.

Goldwater’s running mate, Rep. Bill Miller, spoke at Notre Dame during the 1964 campaign. At a press conference afterwards, a reporter asked Miller why Goldwater was so “extreme.”

Miller asked the reporter, “Are you married?”

“Yes.”

“Would your wife rather you be moderately faithful to her, or extremely faithful?”

End of press conference.

(Hat tip to Drudge)

7:04 am on February 22, 2010