from Chris Matthews
-When was the last time Republicans won the White House without a Bush or a Nixon on the ticket? You will not believe this: 1928.
You have got to go back to 1928 to find a year the Republicans won the White House without a Nixon or a Bush on the ticket. I owe James Carville for that gigantic detail. 80 years of nothing but Bushes and Nixons in winning Republican tickets – tonight’s “Big Number.” You can take that to the bar room tonight.
-Ben Barnes, who is lieutenant governor of Texas, sent me a letter. It was a letter sent by Barry Goldwater back in 1960, the day after Lyndon Johnson got the vice presidential nomination. Here’s what Barry Goldwater, another senator from Arizona, said: “it is difficult to imagine a person like you running in a second spot to a weaker man” – that would be Kennedy – “but it is even more incredible to try to understand how you are going to try to embrace the socialist platform of your party.”