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The Rule Existed Only in the Politicians Minds – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams

September 4th, 2012 · No Comments · Campaigning, Political Communication, Politics

Huey’s use of an automobile violated one of the most respected rules of Louisiana politicians: Never campaign in a car among country people; they will resent it as a pretence of superiority and vote against you. Huey knew that the rule existed only in the politicians minds. From his observation of Vardaman and Jeff Davis during his days as a travelling salesman, he had learned that the masses were more likely to follow one of their own if that man showed that in some ways he was better than they. “That young Long fellow, now, he’s a smart one, he drives a car.”

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