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The Dual Use of Political Advertising – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams

September 7th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Dual Use of Political Advertising – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams · Campaigning, Political Communication, Politics

(Long) selected the quality of the paper on which the circulars (advertising material) were printed. Mindful of the sanitary practices of his rural constituents, he instructed David: “Don’t use any of that damn smooth stuff. Use some that they can use on their backsides after they get through reading it.”

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The Parker Gold Dust Twins – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams

September 6th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Parker Gold Dust Twins – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams · Campaigning, Political Communication, Politics

The principal theme of Huey’s attacks was that his two opponents and everybody opposed to him were in reality working together, that the whole crowd was controlled by the same corporate interests. Fuqua and Bouanchaud had both been put into the race by Parker – they were the “Parker Gold Dust Twins.” Behrmann and Sullivan, […]

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The Cannonball – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams

September 5th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Cannonball – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams · Campaigning, Political Communication, Politics

(Long) also won many votes by promising that if elected he would force the railroads to extend their services or their lines. It was a pledge of this kind that enabled him to sweep the vote of a hamlet known as Shooter’s Station. Its people had a burning grievance – a train called the Cannonball […]

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

September 4th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Rule Existed Only in the Politicians Minds – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams · 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 […]

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Start a Row in the Opposition Camp – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams

September 4th, 2012 · Comments Off on Start a Row in the Opposition Camp – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams · Campaigning, Politics, Quotes

Huey liked to cite this incident later as an example of what a politician with weak support should do. “In a political fight, when you’ve got nothing in favour of your side,” he would say, “start a row in the opposition camp.”

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We Didn’t Even Have a Horse – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams

September 3rd, 2012 · Comments Off on We Didn’t Even Have a Horse – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams · Campaigning, Political Communication, Political Fiction, Politics, US Politics

The story seems too good to be true – but people who should know swear that it is true. The first time that Huey P. Long campaigned in rural, Latin, Catholic south Louisiana, the local boss who had him in charge said at the beginning of the tour: “Huey, you ought to remember one thing […]

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Folks don’t listen to you when your voice is low and patient and you stop them in the hot sun and make them do arithmetic – “All the King’s Men”, Robert Penn Warren

July 12th, 2012 · Comments Off on Folks don’t listen to you when your voice is low and patient and you stop them in the hot sun and make them do arithmetic – “All the King’s Men”, Robert Penn Warren · Campaigning, Political Communication, Political Fiction, Politics, Quotes

Willie went out and buttonholed folks on the street and tried to explain things to them. You could see Willie standing on a street corner, sweating through his seersucker suit, with his hair down in his eyes, holding an old envelope in one hand and a pencil in the other, working out figures to explain […]

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There isn’t anything else to make it out of – “All the King’s Men” – Robert Penn Warren 

July 3rd, 2012 · Comments Off on There isn’t anything else to make it out of – “All the King’s Men” – Robert Penn Warren  · Campaigning, Electoralism, Means and Ends, Politics, Quotes

“Yeah, and he wanted the one last damned thing you can’t inherit. And you know what it is?” He started at Adam’s face. “What?” Adam said, after a long pause. “Goodness. Yeah, just plain, simple goodness. Well you can’t inherit that from anybody. You gotta make it, Doc. If you want it. And you got […]

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Tell ‘em anything. But for Sweet Jesus’ sake don’t try to improve their minds – “All the King’s Men” – Robert Penn Warren 

June 29th, 2012 · Comments Off on Tell ‘em anything. But for Sweet Jesus’ sake don’t try to improve their minds – “All the King’s Men” – Robert Penn Warren  · Campaigning, Political Communication, Politics, Progressive Politics

“What we need is a balanced tax program. Right now the ratio between income tax and total income for the state gives an index that-“ “Yeah,” I said, “I heard the speech. But they don’t give a damn about that. Hell, make ‘em cry, make ‘em laugh, make ‘em think you’re their weak erring pal, […]

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Folks don’t listen to you when your voice is low and patient and you stop them in the hot sun and make them do arithmetic – “All the King’s Men” – Robert Penn Warren 

June 27th, 2012 · Comments Off on Folks don’t listen to you when your voice is low and patient and you stop them in the hot sun and make them do arithmetic – “All the King’s Men” – Robert Penn Warren  · Campaigning, Policy, Political Communication, Politics, Progressive Politics

You could see Willie standing on a street corner, sweating through his seersucker suit, with his hair down in his eyes, holding an old enveloped in one hand and a pencil in the other, working out figures to explain what he was squaking about, but folks don’t listen to you when your voice is low […]

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