"i asked the senator (goldwater) for his thoughts on christian conservatives and their increasing presence in republican politics, and he minced no words. 'goddamn it john, ' he began, with a combination of anger, frustration and sorrow, ' the republicans are selling their soul to win elections.' he saw trouble coming. 'mark my words,' he said, 'if and when these preachers get control of the party, and they're sure trying to do so, it's going to be a terrible damn problem. frankly, these people frighten me. politics and governing demand compromise. the government won't work without it. but these christians believe they are acting in the name of god, so they can't and won't compromise. i know, i've tried to deal with them."
john dean, on barry goldwater, in 'conservatives without conscience.'