Jeff Greenfield

Campaign Questions Deserve More Than Just Bumper-sticker Answers

At the end of the 1964 presidential campaign, so the legend goes, a voter told an inquiring reporter that she had decided to vote against Barry Goldwater because “he wants to sell my TV.” After the mystified reporter probed a bit, he told the voter that Goldwater was in fact talking about selling the TVA — the Tennessee Valley Authority, a