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In Britain these days, one can't avoid hearing and seeing more and more about the wretched campaign to spit in the face of the world (and of reality) and quit the European Union. Visiting the United States, as I recently did, provides some relief. The first election campaign that I got involved in was some 50 years ago, in New York, where all of today's candidates – Republican and Democrat – recently traded blows, with Trump and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton emerging triumphant. In the mid-1960s, the leaders of the state and city, Governor Nelson Rockefeller and Mayor John Lindsay, were Republicans, as were New York's two senators, Kenneth Keating and Jacob Javits. These political moderates, and many other Republicans in the 1960s, still reflected the party of Abraham Lincoln in readily defined ways.One cannot imagine those Republicans from the 1960s campaigning alongside the two leading GOP candidates today.On the other hand, I don't imagine those former Republicans would have had any difficulty endorsing Kasich, a successful conservative governor whose primary motivation is plainly not hating people, whether in his own party or in the Democratic Party.
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