This time around, it is not a stirring drama. It's a sordid carnival. And I, for one, am thoroughly sickened by the countless freaks in the side show.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Oct. 29, 1964, at the denouement of the Lyndon B. Johnson vs. Barry Goldwater campaign, the sentiments of this column from half a century ago ring true for many voting today. By the end of the day, another vicious campaign cycle will be over and history will be made.
In that 1964 election, the Democratic incumbent, Johnson, defeated the Republican challenger, Goldwater, with more than 60% of the popular vote, one of the most crushing victories in the history of U.S. presidential elections.
Today's election, on the other hand, looks much closer -- but no matter who wins, multitudes of people will be relieved to see the campaigns end.
There may have been dirtier campaigns than this one, but not in my memory .... Something evil has either happened to us, or been revealed about us in the passions of this strange election.