A Goldwaterite (of Sorts) Retires

John Shadegg (R-Ariz.) has announced he’s not running for re-election. He was no Ron Paul, nor even a Stephen Shadegg, but at least he thought of himself as a Goldwater Republican, and it would have been a sign of health for the party if he had beaten John Boehner in the contest to be House Majority Leader in early 2006 or beaten Roy Blunt in the Minority Whip contest later that year, after the Republicans lost Congress.  Still, Republican retirements are not a bad thing. What we need are Ron Paul Republicans to run to take their places.

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