George Romney was fifty-nine when he ran for reëlection as Michigan’s governor, in 1966. In this half-hour television special (see a clip above or the full-length version below), he explains his policies and plans for the state. (I came across the film in the records of Campaigns, Inc., in the California State Archives, while researching a piece on the history of political consulting.)
George Romney’s oldest son is now sixty-five. On television, he and his father look and speak uncannily alike. What they say, though, is strikingly different. Romney Republicanism in 2012 could hardly be more different from Romney Republicanism in 1966. The difference, of course, isn’t so much a family story as it is a story about the G.O.P.
(excellent commentary follows - the videos are remarkable)