My guess is that Dad was a Goldwater man- I can't be sure, I was just a pup.
But I know that to him Reagan was like water to a man dying of thirst.
I remember picking him up from some appointment right when the Iran-Contra story was breaking.
He got in the car and I turned down the radio news and said, 'Guess what- they're saying they used the Iran money to fund the Contras..."
He burst out laughing and said, 'Oh, those poor liberals."
He thought it was the funniest damn thing... and laughed the whole way home.
He's gone 6 years last week- I still miss talking to him
Mine's been gone 20 years, and I still have the childish feeling that if I just drove up the drive to the house ( long gone, too, ) and walked up the walk, he'd be standing there with that "go to Hell" smile of his, a square, squat, ham-handed Dutchman to the core.