Daily Archives: May 11, 2012


“[Dwight D.] Eisenhower himself was contemptuous of those in his [Republican] party who would make radical changes in the fabric of American life. He wrote his brother Edgar, who was a right-winger, ‘Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history.’ He acknowledged that ‘there is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do those things,’ but added, ‘Their number is negligible and they are stupid.'”

–Todd S. Purdum. “The Big Flip.” Vanity Fair June 2012: 104-105. Quote on page 105.