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The Gubernatorial Campaign:
Ronney' s Going To Lose

ing his re-election campaign with one
basic theme: Michigan has never had it
better than in the last two years, and
the last two years coincide with Rom-
ney's term as governor. Romney claims
some responsibility for the astounding
economic boom Michigan has experienced
during this time. Some of the responsibil-
ity Is probably his. But this doesn't mat-
ter. Due to a combination of national,
state and local factors, Romney will lose
the gubernatorial election to his Demo-
cratic opponent, Neil Staebler.
A primary factor in Romney's defeat
will be that his campaign will have lost
that non - partisan, above - party elan
which characterized his drive for the gov-
ernorship two years ago. Two years ago,
Romney was fresh from almost single-
handedly assembling a constitutional
convention which presented a shiny and
new (if not perfect) constitution to the
In addition to this advantage, Romney
in 1962 had a widespread Romney-orient-
ed grassroots group-Citizens for Michi-
gan. This group scared up many of the
urban votes he needed to win the elec-
tion. With his citizen's group and his new
constitution, Romney at the time appear-
ed as a candidate above party. He never
mentioned the Republican Party in his
campaign, always addressing his appeals
to "fellow citizens," or "voters of Michi-
BUT THIS YEAR things are different.
First, even Republicans are trying to
amend Romney's constitution. Its appor-
tionment provisions have already been
overturned in the courts. In addition,
Romney does not have the same grass-
roots organization he had during 1962.
Citizens for Michigan died a .lingering
death after its true purpose was served
with Romney's election; though there
are "Citizens for Romney" groups today,
none compare to the united 1962 effort.
It is significant that the Republican
Party now has fully adopted Romney as
a partisan candidate and is not letting
any independent groups gain substantial
control over the campaign organization.
Many of these independent citizens-
Democrats or former Democrats -- are
likely to sit out the campaign or even
work for Staebler after being rebuffed in
their nonpartisan efforts for Romney.
ney's speech and performances at the
Republican convention, and thus iden-
tify him as a "party man," which they
didn't before. Romney says he is "gov-
ernor of all the people," and he might
be, but many Democrats who jumped on
his nonpartisan bandwagon in 1962 don't
think so now.
Romney won unusually strong support
in rural areas as well as in the Detroit
area in his 1962 election victory. But out-
state conservatives are now acutely con-
scious of the disagreements he has had
with their representatives in the Senate
and the House, especially during the
fiscal reform battle of a year ago. The
outstate conservatives tripped him up last
fall on reform, and did the same this
spring on reapportionment when they
and the Democrats shoved a non-Romney
reapportionment plan through the Sen-
ate under the leadership of Lt. Gov. T.
John Lesinski. Romney has not concealed
well--or tried to conceal in private-his
disdain for the rural representatives who
have given him trouble.
These conservatives may still vote
for Romney themselves; but they won't
work as hard as they did in 1962 to get

out the vote for him.
ROMNEY WILL RUN into trouble with
conservatives on another count. Many
conservatives, especially in urban areas,
regard Barry Goldwater's presidential
candidacy as the Conservative Chance of
the Century. Maybe it is. These conserva-
tives think so, and are accordingly fanat-
ically devoted to the Goldwater cause.
But in doing this, many will largely ig-
nore the state gubernatorial campaign
and Romney (didn't he turn out to be a
liberal, anyway?).
The fact that he is running in a presi-

faces a similar problem, but Neil Staebler
controls a state party machine that is
larger, stronger and better organized than
The Republican organization will suf-
fer under another disadvantage. Barry
Goldwater is waging a truly "grass roots"
campaign, despite his short campaign
tours and many television appearances.
He wants to win the national election
like he won California-by letting his pre-
cinct delegates do the heavy work. The
Goldwater organization has assigned each
county in everystate a specific vote quo-
ta. Goldwater is transferring to the na-
tional level the thorough-going efforts
which proved so successful for him in
his Arizona campaigns. This will be an-
other drain on the grass roots workers
which won the election for Romney in
1962, and whom he needs so badly now.
THERE IS STILL another advantage
that Romney had in 1962 and will not
have this year. In 1962, Democratic Gov.
John B. Swainson had the power to pro-
hibit Detroit from levying a one per cent
income tax on all residents and non-resi-
dents who worked in the city. He did not
exercise it, realizing that Detroit needed
the revenue to finance the many city
services used by all those who work in
the city: Because of this, many Demo-
cratic suburban voters who had to pay
the new tax voted for Romney.
This year, Romney has signed into law
a bill which sets a one half of one per
cent limit on Detroit's power to tax non-
residents. This has embittered many De-
troiters, while suburbanites have been
generally satisfied with the result. But
there will be no groundswell in the sub-
urbs for Romney as there was in 1962,
simply because the issue is settled and
out of the public eye. However, many De-
troiters will vote against him because
they. are reminded every pay day of the
thousands of dollars Romney's bill is
taking from them.
ONE ADVANTAGE Romney might have
had in the election was taken away
from him recently by the Democrats.
Romney and the Republicans passed and
signed into law last year the Massachu-
setts ballot-which makes it a ponder-
ous process to vote a straight party line.
If this ballot were used in the coming
election, it would benefit the Republicans,
since more Democrats usually vote
straight tickets. A certain percentage
would split their tickets, giving votes to
the Republicans.
But the Democrats recently got enough
signatures to put the ballot issue up for a
popular referendum this fall. Since the
issue is up for public approval, it cannot
be applied in the approving election;
thus the old ballot will be in use, making
it possible to vote a straight ticket with
a single ticket.
This fact frightens Romney severely,
and for one reason-all his polls show
that President Lyndon B. Johnson will
take Michigan by a landslide. Many nor-
mally Republican voters are sure to vote
for Johnson, and many will vote straight
tickets simply because it is easiest. They
could thus insure Romney's defeat by
handing Staebler thousands of substan-
tially anti-Goldwaterrather thananti-
Romney votes.
A FINAL FACTOR working against Rom-
ney is this: he is going to run into
more trouble with the labor vote this
year than he did in 1962. This is an auto-
mobile contract negotiation year, which
alone sets Detroit's auto workers more

against former automaker Romney than
in a normal year. In addition, labor lead-
ers are conducting the most widespread
campaign against a Republican presiden.
tial candidate (and with the straight bal-
lot, indirectly against Romney) in their
Typical of the anti-Republican labor
sentiment was an incident at a recent
debate Romney held with Staebler before
a largely labor audience. Staebler direct-
ed a tacky question at Romney, and
George, like a good politician, ducked it.
Out of the audience came a bellow: "An-
swer the question, George, you bum!"
There is more meaning in that sentence
thanncan h eexnressed in a hundred edi-

"He May Not Pull Through"
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Employes Union
Seeks Members

To the Editor:
Student Employes Union was
organized Sunday, Sept. 27. We
believe this to be one of the first
student unions formed in the
United 'States.
The purpose of our union is to
raise the, minimum wage of stu-
dent employes to a level in keep-
ing with the minimum wage es-
tablished at other state and re-
gional universities, and reflecting
the high cost of living in Ann
Arbor. We are also concerned with
improving student working con-
Whenever negotiation and con-
sultation with the University and
Ann Arbor merchants will fulfill
our purpose, we will use this mode
of action. We hope and expect
that this method will be sufficient,
but if stronger methods, such as
picketing and 'slowdowns,' should
become necessary, we will use
them. Since many students de-
pend on their wages to remain in
school, we do not believe that
strikes will normally serve our
purposes. By supporting our pro-
posals with facts and figures that
show them to be reasonable and
financially possible, and by the
organization of student opinion, we
feel that extreme action will not
be necessary.
* * *
WE BELIEVE that our goals
are justified, and we believe that
it is in the interests of the stu-
dents at this University to give us
their backing. The greater sup-
port and membership that we
have, the more effective we will

Liberty in the Defense of Conservatism

The more effective we are, the
larger student paychecks will be.
We ask all students and faculty
members, whether employed or
not, to support our alms and to
join our union. We hope that
everyone will attend our organiza-
tional meeting to be held in the
3rd floor conference room of the
Union, Oct. 7.
-Barry Bluestone, 66
-David Salmon, '66
--Hugh G. Grambau, '67
-Joyce Starr, '67
Catherine Lilly, '66
George Stenitz,'66
Alvin RJaff in,'66
Thomas V. Cohill, '66
Dick Shortt,'66
Executive Committee
To the Editor:
Young Democratic Club de-
plores the unfortunate circum-
stances surrounding the visit of
Gov. George Romney to the cam-
pus of the University. Specifically,
an advertisement indicating that
Romney would not appear was
placed by an unknown individual
in The Daily, The University of
Michigan Young Democratic Club
would never contemplate, let alone
perpetrate, such a disgusting act.
We wholeheartedly condemn them
and the individual or individuals
We further condemn the com-
pletely irresponsible statements
of Alan Sager, Chairman of Mich-
igan's Students for Romney, and
Gov. George Romney, for attempt-
ing to blame the "campus Demo-
crats" (as Romney put it) for
"underhanded Democratic politics"
(Romney) and for being "the real
extremists" (Sager). Sager, a Law
School senior, should know more
about the laws of evidence and of
slander than he demonstrated;
and Romney's only contribution to
the affair was to display a com-
plete lack of responsibility.
WE FURTHER announce that
The University of Michigan
Young Democratic Club will pay a
$25 reward for information lead-
ing to the identification of the
individual or the group respon-
sible for the above mentioned
acts; and, if that person or grou
was a member of The University
of Michigan Young Democratic
Club as of Sept. 27, 1964, we
further pledge to pay the full cost
of the advertisement mentioned
above, the cost of a new poster to
replace the one destroyed and de-
faced, and an additional $25 as
an indemnity to the campus
Young Republicans. We call on the
campus Young Republicans to
match this reward offer, and to
join with us in this search.
Last, The University of Michi-
gan Young Democratic Club de-
mands written apologies from Alan
Sager and George Romney for
their vicious and unfounded at-
tacks on The University of Michi-
gan Young DemocraticClub.
-Michael Grondin '66
Chairman, Michigan Young
Democrat Club
To the Editor:
WOULD LIKE to commend
Jeti.ey Goodman for his edi-
torial on Sept. 25.
That editorial alone is well
worth the price of a subscription.
-Susan Sheffield, Grad

while I'm not the most intel-
ligent man in the world and a lot
of people think I'm quite ig-
norant, thathI've traveled more
in this world, I've done more
things, I've experienced more
things than most men in this
congress. So I've been exposed
to problems and I don't have to
stop and think in detail about
them.-Sen. Barry M. Gold-
water, "Der Spiegel" interview,
June 30, 1964.
Never in American political his-
tory has a Presidential candidate
been subjected to gross distortion,
misrepresentation, and prejudice
as has Barry Goldwater.
Eastern Internationalist news-
papers like the New York Times,
as well as the foreign press, mem-
bers of his own party, the opposi-
tion party, and even the Com-
munists have united in a con-
spiracy to make him appear to be
a war mongering lunatic.
* * * *
THE TRUTH IS that he is a
logical, open-minded patriot. Gold-
water's rare gift for solving com-
plex problems, such as the cold
war, is evidenced by another state-
ment he made-in his Der Spiegel
This struggle today is a
struggle between Godless people
and the people of God . . . I
claim we cannot live with two
philosophies in the world for-
ever. Sometime there will only
be one.
Goldwater summed up the es-
sence of his philosophy recently:
The answers to America's
problems are simple. (Memphis,
Tenn., Sept. 16, 1964)
He certainly seems to have a
solution to the Viet Nam crisis
which has plagued the best minds
in the present administration.
Goldwater recently proposed a way
to win in Viet Nam.
I have been in these rain
forests of Burma and South
China. You are perfectly safe
wandering through them as far
as an enemy hurting you. There
have been several suggestions
made. I don't think we would
use any of them, but defoliation
of the forest by low yield atom
weapons could well be done.
When you remove the foliage
you remove the cover. (May 24,
1964, TV interview)
GOLDWATER also uses simple
logic to solve domestic problems as
in agriculture :
Doing something about it
means-and there can be no
equivocation here-prompt and
final termination of the farm
subsidy program. (Conscience of
A Conservative, 1960)
Although Senator Goldwater left
the University of Arizona in his
freshman year, he knows inti-
mately the college scene.
Where fraternities are not al-
lowed, Communism flourishes.
(Speech, National Interfratern-
ity Conference, Nov. 25, 1960)
* *

Action, extremists on the left,
are operating, in my opinion,
under their constitutional rights.
(San Francisco, March 15, 1964)
GOLDWATER possesses deep
insight into the subversive ele-
ments that are attempting to take
over this nation. At a glance his
practiced eye can detect infil-
The United Nations is in part
a Communist organization.
Conscience of a Conservative,
Although Goldwater has been
the victim of sensation seeking
columnists and commentators for
his courageous views, he is a man
of integrity. He sympathizes with
the plight of the unemployed.
However he is not blind to the
real root of their problem:
We are told however that
many people lack skills and can-
not find jobs because they did
not have an education . . . the
fact is that most people who
have no skill have no education
for the same reasons-low in-
telligence or low ambition. (The
Economic Club of New York,
Jan. 15, 1964)
* *, *
native of the West he has close
ties with the Eastern sector of
our economy and is interested in
their problems. Once he even com-
mented on how the East could
help the entire nation:
Sometimes I think this coun-
try would be better off if we
could just saw off the Eastern
seaboard and let it float off to
sea. (Washington Star, Dec. 3,
The senator relies heavily on
the views of others when deter-
mining his stand on an issue.
During the Medicare debate sev-

eral years ago he wrote:
We should think twice about
enacting a measure which no
less an authority on socialistic;
planning than the Communist
Daily Worker endorsed . .
(Goldwater's newspaper column,
June 12, 1962)
* * *
Senator is so viciously attacked by
the left wing press is that he has
the courage to stand up and be
counted. He is a champion of un-
popular causes. Goldwater will al-
ways defend the liberty of so call-
ed, "extremists," as he did for
Senator McCarthy:
All the discredited and em-
bittered figures of the Hiss-
Yalta period of. American dis-
honor have crawled out from
under their logs to get ever with
Mr. McCarthy. ... If the Sen-
ate still sees fit to approve the
censure resolution, then I sug-
gest that there are many here
who will say to themselves ...,
"This has been the dirtiest day's
work of my life." (Speech against
censure, U.S. Senate, Nov. 12,
Goldwater is also willing to ex-
press his support for other minor-
ity groups. Although the press had
implied that Goldwater is a racist,
he has deep compassion for the
plight of the Negro:
If I were a Negro I don't think
I would be very patient. (Phillips
Academy, Andover, Mass. May
8, 1963.)
*5 * *
GOLDWATER often laces his
logical speeches with vivid anal-
ogies that drive home his point.
He once referred to the Civil
Rights bill as:
Kind of like a three dollar bill
-it's phony.
Goldwater's intimate contact
with domestic problems is shown

in several ways. His home in Ari-
zona is using public power from
the United States first reclamation
project at Salt River. Evidently
Goldwater recognizes the hazards
of public power as he often urges
that a project similar to Salt
River's be sold:
I think TVA should be turned
over to free enterprise even if
they could only get one dollar
for it. (reprinted P.12987, 1961
Congressional Record)
* * *
GOLDWATER knows well the
defense problems of our nation.
Opponents have created the image
that he is trigger happy. Much
of this confusion results from
an August 1964, speech at the
VFW Convention in Cleveland,
when he said:
These small conventional nu-
clear weapons are no more
powerful than the firepower
you have faced on the battle-
field. They simply come in
smaller packages.
The sensation starved press
again played up this statement.
As responsible Time magazine
pointed out Sept. 25, the weap-
ons Goldwater was talking about
were merely:
The equivalent of 400 tons of
TNT and capable of wiping out
a massed formation of 45-50
tanks or annihilating a dug-in
infantry battalion.
* * *
GOLDWATER'S non - nonsense
approach to the great problems
of our age has won him the re-
spect . of .millions . of . patriotic
Americans. Yet through it all
Goldwater retains a refreshing
Doggone it, I'm not even sure
that I've got the brains to be
the President of the United
States. (Quoted in the Milwau-
kee Journal, Jan. 5, 1964)


APA Presents Behan's Of f-beat Prodigy;
Performance Handled With Provocative Flair
BRENDAN BEHAN generated a curious, glorious prodigy when he
conceived "The Hostage," and this off-beat stage-child romped and
roared last evening for an uncomfortably delighted open-t.
{,. ing night audience that puzzled, laughed and giggled at its antics. - t
The Association of Producing Artists again confirmed its reputa-
tion for polish, style and adroit manipulation of the audience. Their4:
sets, their lighting and their acting was handled with a provocative
flair. And again, the result was far less Behan than it was pure APA.A
The queer and raucous doings-and sayings-of the slapstick
Tdst crowd that inhabits a Dublin refuge for latter-day Irish nationalist
extremists are emphatically and continually hilarious.
* * * *
DONALD MOFFAT, Paddy Croft and Clayton Corzatte head a
slick and competent cast that manages to slam us with lines that con-
vince us as they convict us. Miss Croft in the role she has made her
. own gave easily the finest performance of the evening.f f
The play was written as a "free-form spontaneous work," and this
purposely lends itself to variation, accretion and interpretation by the
director and his players. And it is this very feature that leaves it sus-
ceptible to the unfortunate intrusions with which the APA has chosen
to invest it.
The work depends for much of its impact upon the fragmentation
of reality and our perception of its issues and its conflicts. Rarely does

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