PRESIDENT BUSH remains disturbingly equivocal about David Duke, a Republican and former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard who could well become the next governor of Louisiana on Nov. 16.
Prompted by reporters, Bush last week said the minimum expected of him. "I'm not going to support David Duke because of the racism," the president said. He begged off further comment because, he said, he didn't want to be drawn into local politics.
David Duke is a grave national concern, not a parochial worry. The rising tide of racial hatred he exploits and represents is as dangerous to the American social fabric as the Arab-Israeli conflict is to the stability of the Middle East. Bush is not the least bit reluctant to deliver firm, clear advice to Arabs and Israelis about political and social stability in the Middle East. Why, then, is he so diffident about the future of Louisiana?