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May 24, 2013 8:35 AM Daylight Video

By Ed Kilgore

49 years ago today, Barry Goldwater shook up the 1964 presidential contest by proposing that the United States use low-yield nuclear weapons in Vietnam. (The reaction led to a Ronald Reagan commercial defending Goldwater’s love of peace). In memory of that magic moment, here’s Randy Newman performing “Political Science” thirty years after that, in Berlin:

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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