Jim Brown: Can Republicans shake the curse of David Duke?

Thursday, January 15th, 2014
Baton Rouge, Louisiana


Poor Congressman Steve Scalise. He should be on cloud nine having reached the pinnacle of political success by being elected majority whip in the Republican controlled congress. But out of the blue, he is blindsided by a 28-year-old democratic blogger and law student who ties him to David Duke. Scalise’s sin? Accepting a speaking invitation 12 years ago when he was a state representative to a group (located in the district from where he was elected) that has close ties to Duke.

A feeding frenzy developed with Democrats calling for his head (or at least his resignation), and conservative Republicans expressing outrage. “Defense of this (last decade) racist action is disgusting and wrong,” bemoaned Sarah Palin. Popular conservative syndicated talk show host Mark Levin lamented: “He’s yet another example of what’s wrong with the GOP and Washington. The American people are sick of it, and those who defend such awful establishment leadership are not doing either the GOP or the nation any favors. Scalise is another setback.”

David Duke, in a perverse way, must be smiling. He’s back. In Duke’s world, it doesn’t matter what you say about him. Just don’t ignore him. He’s relevant again and part of the political discussion, good or bad. To Duke, it doesn’t make any difference.

A number of Louisiana Republicans are walking on eggs in hopes of steering clear of this whole conversation. Duke has made it clear that he’s ready to kick ass and name names. He was blunt in warning that those jumping all over Scalise for his Duke ties may pay a price. “If any of them, if they jump on this bandwagon, those who have asked for support from my camp–if they throw Scalise to the wolves in this thing as part of this lynch mob, you know, I promise I will go and absolutely out them because they are hypocrites.” Continue Reading……………

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