what does "eighteenth-century guns" and "mandate" indicate to? The President laughed aloud. "Barry can do no wrong in Moley's eyes," he chuckled. In fact, the Barry boom was becoming the biggest joke in politics. The right-wing columnists were urging Goldwater to stick to his eighteenth-century guns, which was what Goldwater wanted to do—which was what Kennedy wanted him to do. If the Senator won the GOP nomination next summer, the President would clearly win the mandate he had missed in 1960. He read Moley again, rolled the magazine into a bat, and slapped his knee. "That's terrific!"
Oct 18, 2012 4:09 AM
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stick to your guns = stay with your principles even when it's tough guns = principles The principles here were probably those of the 18th century that made Goldwater successful. He should stick to those.
October 18, 2012
October 20, 2012
I will add a note and answer the second part of your question. 1. The main meaning of sticking to old guns would be that Goldwater's principles were very conservative and old- fashioned, rather than specifically 18th century. Almost no reade would know what the specific principles were in the 18th century! 2. When one candidate defeats another by a very large number of votes, it is often said that their election was a clear "mandate" -- meaning, an undeniable sign that most of the country embraced the ideas of the candidate and supports the immediate enactment of those ideas. But Kennedy won the 1960 election by very few votes, also called a very narrow margin...he did not have a clear mandate of wide support. He was hoping to get that big win, giving him a clear mandate, in his 1964 re-election.
October 18, 2012
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