Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Wallace and 1968

"The true cause for concern, however, is not what Wallace might have done, but what he did. When Wallace said he made both the major parties talk his own language of law and order, he was wrong. They would have done it without him. He was not the cause but an effect; he was one way of measuring the growth of resentment...Wallace offered neither palliative nor real cure; just a chance to scream into the darkness. It was a kind of perverse exercise in honesty--a proclamation that the darkness is there.

Garry Wills, "Nixon Agonistes"

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