By John C. Kuzenski
A thought-provoking exam of the constituencies and the influence of 1 of the main arguable political figures of our time. reporters have completely documented David Duke's upward thrust to prominence in Louisiana politics, yet formerly, few in depth analyses of the Duke phenomenon were undertaken. This new assortment identifies the numerous junctures of Duke's political profession, from its earliest beginnings to his fresh campaigns for governor, the Senate, and the Presidency. via quite a few tools and techniques, the participants to this paintings develop our realizing of what made this former Ku Klux Klan member an important political strength, and of ways and why he virtually succeeded in his makes an attempt to achieve larger workplace.
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Because of the rich pool of experienced candidates within that party, Duke was an also-ran in Democratic bids for office, as more conventional and widely accepted candidates prevented a fragmentation of the vote. The Louisiana GOP of the late eighties, in contrast, offered Duke a unique blend of advantages. The party had enjoyed immense growth among southern voters in recent years, but it was nevertheless too young to have a stable of experienced candidates running for public office. As such, the Republican party provided David Duke with both a Page 17 major party label and even political ground on which to compete with other Republicans for notoriety as a mainstream candidate.
The authors Page xv demonstrate that pollsters and the mass media prematurely noted Duke's "loss" of support without considering the differences in the two electoratesand the two electoral systems. Duke did not lose support in March, they conclude, because he had none to loserather, he simply failed to make inroads with mainstream Republican voters. The contrast between chapters 7 and 8 will illuminate the nature of shifting political alliances and party strategies in the South, as well as the dangerous power of racism as an electoral tool for demagogues of either major party.
The contrast between chapters 7 and 8 will illuminate the nature of shifting political alliances and party strategies in the South, as well as the dangerous power of racism as an electoral tool for demagogues of either major party. The danger of such a tool is magnified when it is delivered by an admittedly polished messenger, and further so when it is dressed up to represent an allegedly mainstream and acceptable ideological movement. As a conclusion, Euel Elliott and Gregory S. Thielemann examine the reasons behind the failure of David Duke's 1992 presidential bid.
David Duke and the Politics of Race in the South by John C. Kuzenski