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  •  Byrd was a KKK member for local reasons (2+ / 0-)
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    YucatanMan, bontemps2012

    when they dominated some areas so thoroughly the best way to get ahead politically was to join regardless of how racist or indifferent to race you might have been personally... his racist tinged past was something he later regretted and moved away from. He ended his career a very different Democrat from the type of Democrat he started as.

    And beyond Strom... read up on the Dixiecrats... they bolted the party en masse in 1948 and the remaining conservadems in the South who lingered on as Dems in name only pretty much completed the break in 1980 voting for Reagan and migrating to being Republicans.

    Pogo & Murphy's Law, every time. Also "Trust but verify" - St. Ronnie (hah...)

    by IreGyre on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 03:32:12 PM PST

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    •  Yeah. The locals were racists, and he was a (1+ / 0-)
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      leader.

      And yes, he does appear to have changed his tune -- as did, by the way, a number of those Dixiecrats to whom you refer.

      BTW -- how do you feel about Democratic racists in the north?
      Ever been to Southie?

      LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

      by dinotrac on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 03:41:20 PM PST

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