Back in 1990, I was driving Hal Daub around Nebraska, campaigning for his U.S. Senate bid. One evening we stopped in Chautauqua Park in Minden. There we met our two VIPs, retiring Congresswoman Virginia Smith and…retired U.S. Senator Carl Curtis.
And while there, someone (probably Hal) snapped this pic with Senator Curtis and me. Hal, being the mensch he is, mailed this pic to me (and thanks to his hard working secretary for the actual process), after it sat in a shoebox for the last 25 years.
I had to search for some old pics of Senator Curtis to insure that it was really him (see a younger shot here). And then I looked at his Wikipedia entry as well:
Curtis was elected to the House of Representatives in 1938 on an anti-Franklin D. Roosevelt and New Deal platform. He served in the House from 1939 until 1954, being reelected every two years. Curtis ran for the Senate from Nebraska in 1954 and won the election; he was reelected three more times to six-year terms, serving from 1955 to 1979. He voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Curtis was loyal to the Republican Party, particularly supporting its anti-communist stances and fiscal conservatism, which included opposition to social programs such as the New Deal and Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society.
That’s a pretty decent synopsis of a Nebraska conservative, huh?
Of course it wasn’t all peaches and cream. The Vietnam War and the Watergate investigation didn’t turn out like he hoped.
But nonetheless, if you were hoping for your political bio to be etched in history, the above ain’t too bad.
So with that, let’s call this Carl Curtis Friday, and open up the comments to YOUR conservative (or anti-conservative) thoughts. Who is living up to Curtis’s legacy? Who is battling like he is?
Or if you want to talk about some other stuff in politics (within reason, kids) have at it.
And have a great weekend!