Excerpts from remarks of Brooks Bays, December 18, 1958
For release on delivery (9 P.M) [handwritten]
On this occasion I believe I will be forgiven for speaking intimately of the most significant experience of my political life, my "defeat" on November 4. One of our great Americans, Walter Hines Page, said "the world is infinitely cruel but the world is also infinitely kind." It has certainly been kind to us, particularly since that election. My misfortune tapped the sources of sympathy in 48 States, for that is exactly the number we have heard from.
It has led some of my friends to the discouraging conclusion that the cause of moderation is hopeless, but I do not agree, since so much of my mail is from the South and virtually all of it is favorable. Moreover, while I am stuck with the label and will not renounce it, I am starting no new cult under that name. Moderation is not invariably a virtue. Truth is often highly partisan. And anyway, there are more precise ways of describing what we are about.
For assuming the risk of displeasing certain political powers, I have
drawn occasional compliments for courage. I am reminded by them of the
cabinet member in the Norwegian Government who was commended for courage
in opposing Hitler's regime. His reply was: "It wasn't courage. We just
decided that a certain course of action was necessary and when the logic of
the situation called for such action, the steps in that course just came
in natural sequence." So I would prefer to speak in terms of the values we
are defending. I presume from what is being said that my defeat might add
something to that defense; if so, I would be happy. Under the circumstances, while I honor the office of rep [representative] I am convinced that the loss of my
seat in Congress is not too big a price to pay is not too big a price to pay.