If the polls are correct, David Duke will lose to Edwin Edwards in Louisiana's gubernatorial election tomorrow. A Mason-Dixon poll puts Mr. Edwards ahead 49-42 percent, a University of New Orleans poll has his lead at 46-40, and a Loyola University poll has it at 54-46. Those are adjusted figures. Far smaller percentages of the Louisianans polled said they would vote for Mr. Duke, the former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard and Nazi. The results were adjusted because pollsters know from past experience that many Louisianians are ashamed to admit they plan to vote for him.
That is the good news from Louisiana. It is good news because it shows that many people who on the issues agree with Mr. Duke still know he is a person unworthy of open support. We believe -- we hope -- that many people who agree with Duke stands on the issues not only won't admit it to pollsters but won't vote for him in the privacy of the ballot booth.
A Duke victory would inspire a lot of other David Dukes to run for high office. Much of his support is racist, but many people agree with him on issues even when the racist elements are filtered out. To be precise, he agrees with them. He has exploited certain of the public's concerns shamelessly and dishonestly. He says he is just a conservative who opposes higher taxes and big government, welfare dependency and discrimination, when in fact he is still the racist Nazi supremacist and statist he always was. He is against big government the way Hitler was -- just wait till he controls it. He has seen his true views don't attract, so he pretends to share popular ones.