A Tulane professor says of David Duke's strong showing in his race against Louisiana Sen. Bennett Johnston, "Certainly there's a strong racial backlash, but just as powerful is the anti-incumbency backlash." We don't buy that for a minute.
David Duke is an out and out racist, who may not still have formal ties to the Ku Klux Klan and the American Nazi Party, but openly campaigns to keep America "mostly European and mostly Christian." That's not populism, it's nativism.
David Duke's voters weren't mad at Senator Johnston because he is an incumbent, a part of the establishment. They were mad at him because they believe he supports the rights and needs of blacks, Hispanics and Asians. They voted for Mr.. Duke because he attacked welfare, teen-age pregnancy, affirmative action.