When "the tumult and the shouting dies" and the votes are counted on November 4, we shall first want to know who won the presidential election. The choice before the American people is not, in Dean Francis B. Sayre's notorious phrase, a sterile one; on the contrary, it is a crucial one. The election of Senator Barry Goldwater would cause a radical and disastrous change in the character and destiny of the nation. If the people elect Goldwater they choose a fantasy which has never existed in the American past and cannot be actualized in the future. However incredible such a choice seems to us and however strong our confidence that the American people's good sense will repudiate Senator Goldwater, we shall eagerly await official assurance of Johnson's election.