Who talking about whom?

posted by Kaihsu Tai on April 20th, 2007

It was both unfortunate and disasterous that the Republican Party nominated —— as its candidate for President of the United States. In foreign policy, Mr. —— advocated a narrow nationalism, a crippling isolationism, and a trigger-happy attitude that could plunge the whole world into the dark abyss of annihilation. On social and economic issues, Mr. —— represented an unrealistic conservatism that was totally out of touch with the realities of the century. The issue of poverty compelled the attention of all citizens of our country. —— had neither the concern nor the comprehension necessary to grapple with this problem of poverty in the fashion that the historical moment dictated. On the urgent issue of civil rights, —— represented a philosophy that was morally indefensible and socially suicidal. While not himself a bigot, Mr. —— articulated a philosophy which gave aid and comfort to the bigot. His candidacy and philosophy would serve as an umbrella under which extremists of all stripes would stand. In the light of these facts and because of my love for America, I had no alternative but to urge every person of goodwill to vote against Mr. —— and to withdraw support from any Republican candidate that did not publicly disassociate himself from —— and his philosophy.

(gently edited to make the puzzle harder)

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  1. On April 22, 2007 at 01:59 Adam (Southern California) said:

    Is this about Goldwater? I’ll take a wild stab and say it was Nixon who was the speaker.

  2. On April 22, 2007 at 13:02 Kaihsu Tai (Oxford, England) said:

    St Martin Luther King Jr on Barry Goldwater; page 247 in The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr., edited by Clayborne Carson (1998) London: Abacus. ISBN 0-349-11298-3.

  3. On April 22, 2007 at 14:42 Adam (Southern California) said:

    Nixon, King, OK, I suppose there’s a slight difference. I got Goldwater right, though. The irony if Nixon had said it, of course, was that Nixon’s campaign would explicitly use the “Southern Strategy” of being on the wrong side of civil rights to woo white Southern voters away from the Democratic Party in 1968.