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Availability on the Beijing Olympics
Vienna, VA. Howard Phillips is available
during the 2008 Beijing Olympics to offer commentary concerning
Communist China, including Chinese military and economic threats
to the United States, and China’s activities in the Sudan.
Mr. Phillips has studied Chinese and
Communist strategies, led a fact-finding delegation to China,
and organized opposed to trade deals with the PRC.
Mr. Phillips knew Jesse Owens, the U.S.
Olympic athlete who confounded Hitler at the 1936 Olympics, and
he can draw the historical parallels between the Olympics in
1936 and 2008.
Mr. Phillips is highly critical of
President Bush attending the opening ceremonies in Beijing and
meeting with PRC Chairman Hu Jintao. He notes that Bush’s visit
awards the Chinese regime with honors FDR did not give to Hitler
at the 1936 Olympics.
Mr. Phillips can provide balance with
Beijing-prepared news and commentary, offer rebuttal to PRC
propaganda, and keep the critical issues of genocide, human
rights and freedom part of the debate during the games.
Mr. Phillips is host of the weekly public
affairs television program, Conservative Roundtable, and
is frequently interviewed on radio TV.
To arrange an interview or talk show
appearance with Howard Phillips, contact Charles Orndorff at
Howard Phillips’ biography:
Robert Pastor & NAU |
July 30, 2008 |
IT AIN’T DEAD YET
Trying to lull to sleep critics of the North American Union (NAU),
its principal architect, Robert Pastor, in an article titled,
"The Future of North America" published in the CFR’s Foreign
Affairs magazine says the Security and Prosperity
Partnership (SPP) is probably on its last legs because of "its
largely bureaucratic nature and the decision policy makers made
to keep SPP largely below the radar of public opinion. The
strategy of acting on technical issues in an incremental,
bureaucratic way and keeping the issues away from public view
has generated more suspicion than accomplishments," Pastor
In my view, Pastor is "playing possum". He argues that "The
three heads of state (U.S., Mexico, and Canada) must also commit
to building a new consciousness, a new way of thinking about
one’s neighbors and about the continental agenda. Americans,
Canadians, and Mexicans can be nationals and North Americans at
the same time" asserts Pastor.
In the Foreign Affairs article, Pastor recommended
creating new North American institutions, including a North
American Investment Fund of at least $20 billion per year "to
connect central and southern Mexico to the United States with
roads, ports, and communications".
According to Dr. Jerome Corsi, Pastor also called for the
continuation of annual North American heads-of-state summits and
the appointment in the next administration of a national adviser
for North American affairs, who would chair cabinet-level
committee to formulate a comprehensive plan for North America.
Pastor also encouraged creating a dozen university centers
for North American studies "to educate a new generation of
students to think North America".
UVA ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR DISCOUNTS PANAMA
TREATIES IMPACT ON 1978 AND 1980 ELECTIONS
"National Review" ain’t what it used to be. One example is
the review by Gerard Alexander (5/19/08, p. 60), an associate
professor of politics at the University of Virginia, in which,
commenting on Adam Clymer’s book, "Drawing the Line at the Big
Ditch: the Panama Canal Treaties and the Rise of the Right.
Alexander thoroughly discounts the very significant role the
Canal issue played in the U.S. Senate elections of 1978 and
Alexander’s ill-informed, poorly premised review discounts
the Canal issue, criticizing the author, Adam Clymer, because
"he omits mention of the majority of pro-treaty Democratic
senators who were reelected in the uphill year of 1980".
"National Review" should do a better job in its selection of
book reviewers. Mr. Alexander causes one to question what his
students are being taught in their study of politics at the
University of Virginia.
Second Amendment Decision |
July 24, 2008 |
FURTHER REFLECTIONS ON THE SUPREME COURT
DECISION ON D.C.’S HANDGUN BAN
While there has been a great deal of coverage of the Supreme
Court’s decision to strike down the handgun ban of the D.C. City
Council, several points have received little or no attention.
1. While the overall decision was 5-4, the Court was
unanimous in finding that the Second Amendment refers to an
individual right. Justice Breyer’s dissent, with which Stevens,
Souter and Ginsburg concurred, states that there are four
"starting points . . . to which I believe the entire Court
subscribes". The first of these four is that "the Amendment
protects an ‘individual right’". Likewise, the dissenting
opinion of Justice Stevens (with the other three concurring)
says "surely it protects a right that can be enforced by
individuals." The four dissenting justices put severe
qualifications on this right, but recognized its existence.
2. The handgun ban in Washington, D.C. is unique in having
been adopted by a City Council which was created by Congress,
and Congress retains (as required by the Constitution) the right
to overturn the law or even to abolish the Council and resume
the direct legislative power over the District. This makes the
ban a Federal action, and still leaves open the question of
whether the Supreme Court would apply the Second Amendment to
the states and local governments.
The Bill of Rights was originally intended to apply only to
the Federal government, and not until well into the Twentieth
Century did the Supreme Court begin to apply some of the
amendments to state law as well (referred to as incorporation).
Justice Scalia’s opinion, in a footnote, hints that the
majority in this case is inclined to demand consistency,
applying the Second Amendment in the same way as the First
Amendment. Scalia says (referring to a Nineteenth century case,
United States v. Cruikshank) that "with respect to Cruikshank’s
continuing validity on incorporation, a question not presented
by this case, we note that Cruikshank also said that the First
Amendment did not apply against the States".
3. Justice Breyer unintentionally provided a reminder that
allowing the erosion of liberty in one area leads to its erosion
elsewhere. Defending his claim that Second Amendment rights must
be subject to a "balancing test" against worthy goals, he refers
to the First Amendment case of Nixon v. Shrink Missouri
Government. In that case the Court upheld state infringements on
free speech in political campaigns in the name of campaign
finance reform. Perhaps, now that the Court has taken a stronger
position on the Second Amendment, it will soon do the same for
the First. (In fact, its decision on the "millionaire amendment"
suggests the possibility of exactly that.)
4. Justice Breyer also defended the D.C. statute on the
interesting grounds that it allowed ownership of rifles and
shotguns, which Breyer described as "more suitable for an ‘urban
area’" than handguns. That will no doubt come as a surprise to
many urban residents.
MICHELLE’S $300,000 A YEAR SALARY IS A PAYOFF
FROM OBAMA’S BUDDY
Thomas F. Roeser reports in The Wanderer (July 17,
2008, front page), "Chicago has officially become the sun in the
Democratic Party firmament around which all other planets orbit.
After the party’s Denver convention, the entire party machinery
will move to Chicago to run the campaign from here. Reasons:
- Without Mayor Richard M. Daley’s backing, Obama would not
even be an asterisk among the candidates;
- it is also the
stomping grounds of David Axelrod, Obama’s top
strategist, who is also Dailey’s;
- it is home to Valerie
Jarrett, the most influential black in the city, excluding
Obama, who served as planning and development commissioner for
Daley, is a top confidante of Obama and his wife (Jarrett
conferred on Michelle Obama the $300,000 a year salary from the
University of Chicago hospitals where Jarrett serves as board
member; Sen. Obama secured many federal grants for the hospital)."
JESSE HELMS WAS ONE OF AMERICA’S GREATEST
A few days before his death, I had a premonition that Senator
Jesse Helms would die on July 4, a symbolic victory for the late
During the 1970s and early ‘80s, Senator Helms and I were
very close. In fact, the strategy for The Conservative Caucus
was developed in his Senate office with the able assistance of
Dr. James P. Lucier, Sr. and John Carbaugh, two of his principal
Working with Senator Helms, I helped lead the fight against
the Panama Canal surrender, the Carter-Brezhnev SALT treaty, and
much more. In 1980, together with his top strategic adviser and
manager, Tom Ellis, I helped direct a campaign for Ronald Reagan
to choose Senator Helms as his running mate. Indeed, on the very
day that Reagan chose George Bush, I met with former Governor
Reagan to plead my case, but, it was evident from my meeting
with the future President that, prodded by Nancy Reagan and Jim
Baker, he had already settled on George H.W. Bush.
Senator Helms, in his career, personified the reasons why
term limits might be a good idea. First elected in 1972, and
reelected in 1978, conservatives could not fault Senator Helms
on any important issue. However, following his reelection in
1984, Helms became a typical mainstream Establishment Republican
who, on most issues, did the bidding of Jim Baker, Howard Baker,
and others who ran the Reagan and Bush White House.
One of the reasons Helms changed after his third election was
his choice of Admiral Bud Nance, a boyhood friend, to be his
chief-of-staff. Nance was pro-abortion, and, as was Helms, was
active in the Masonic movement. Nance pushed Helms to make some
very unwise staff changes and influenced Helms for the worse on
key policy questions.
"Since he had to go sometime, Jesse Helms would have liked
the idea of dying on July 4. The main cause of his life was
defending liberty, especially against Soviet Communism, and so
we wouldn’t be surprised if he held out to make it to the early
hours of our national holiday before dying yesterday at age 86."
Wall Street Journal, 7/5-6/08, p. A10
Marc Thiessen, Sen. Helms’ Foreign Relations Committee
spokesman from 1995 to 2001, writes (Washington Post,
7/7/08, p. A13) that "With the passing of Sen. Jesse Helms, the
media have demonstrated one final time that they never fully
understood the power or impact of this great man. Consider, for
example, The Post’s obituary of Helms; here are some
things you would not learn about his life and legacy by reading
Marc Thiessen - The Jesse Helms You Should Remember ...
Bush Has No Shame |
July 17, 2008 |
WHEN IT COMES TO RED CHINA, BUSH IS SHAMELESS
When I served on the staff of President Richard Nixon, in
charge of Federal youth programs, it was my privilege to meet
and spend some time with Jesse Owens, America’s hero at the 1936
Although I am no fan of Franklin D. Roosevelt, I respect
the fact that he decided not to attend the Berlin Olympics
since, had he done so, he would have given honor and prestige to
the even-then notorious Adolf Hitler.
But George W. Bush has no such shame. He will attend the
Beijing Olympics this August, saying that "it would be an
affront to the Chinese people" should he stay home.
President Bush can almost always be counted on to do the
wrong thing. It would not be an affront to the Chinese people
for him to skip the opening ceremonies, it would merely be an
affront to the tyrants who rule Communist China.
Jesse Helms & Tim Russert |
July 16, 2008 |
WE NEEDED MORE HELMS, LESS RUSSERT
I am not a member of the Tim Russert fan club. In the time I
spent with him, he manifested a hostile, condescending attitude
toward me and other non-Republican, non-Democrat Presidential
As Tom Roeser points out in the following article, Russert
has received extensive tributes from those in the media who
profited from his career and shared his pro-abortion ideology.
How shameful it is that a significant historic personage,
Jesse Helms, has received so little coverage on the occasion of
his passing, compared with the tidal waves of encomia following
the unexpected death of the self-promoting Mr. Russert.
"Initially it was supposed to be only a five-day wake. But
it’s been weeks and still going on. I mean the TV industry’s
mourning for Tim Russert, the host of Meet the Press
celebrated as the blue-collar, Irish Democrat impresario, nice
guy, always true to his roots, good family man, loving son to
his father, a Buffalo Bills and New York Yankees fan, senior
vice president of NBC News-Washington, Washington bureau chief
of NBC News, moderator of Meet the Press and co-anchor of
NBC News election coverage. To which can be added, a pro-Bush
defender of the Iraq War but also for a time in respect to
hallowed liberal Democratic tradition, a NARAL Catholic.
"On the evening following his death, commercials were shoved
off NBC Nightly News which was almost entirely dedicated
to his memory. Tributes flooded in from Barack Obama, John
McCain, and Bill and Hillary Clinton. Dateline NBC did a
documentary on his life. Other news agencies chimed in including
CBS, ABC, CNN, and the BBC. MSNBC devoted three straight hours
of commercial-free tributes.
"On the first Meet the Press Sunday following his
death, the program was devoted entirely to remembering Russert
with the empty anchor’s chair foremost on camera. A candlelight
vigil by 1,000 was held in ‘Tim Russert Park’ in his hometown of
Buffalo, N.Y. The next day at his funeral at Holy Trinity church
in Washington following which came a tribute at the Kennedy
Center, the eulogies continued with a rendition of ‘Somewhere
Over the Rainbow’ performed on the ukulele by the same man whose
recording was found on Russert’s iPod. And – get this – as
mourners left Holy Trinity, they saw in the sky, behold!, a
double-rainbow that was captured permanently on her cell-phone
camera by Colleen King of MSNBC’s Hardball and can be
seen today on its website.
"The real reason for the bereavement: His success in turning
a dying Sunday morning TV interview program into a multi-million
dollar cash cow for his employer and a network worried the money
gusher would stop. Making oodles of money is the great
achievement of our world. And when you use a bicycle pump to
inflate what was almost dead air into a helium balloon that
billows full of bucks for a big TV network making you a
celebrity Big Foot, you are deservedly wept for by this
country’s secular cheerleaders, some of whom want his job.
"So, you’ll pardon me if I stand apart from the
NBC-orchestrated drive to elevate Russert to canonization that
is running quicker than that of John Paul II. Yeah ‘he was a man
who never forgot his humble roots’ because he never stopped
talking about where he came from. Doing it all the while having
dinner with the Georgetown Grahams and spending much of his
summers at Nantucket (‘my dad worked two jobs and I walked to
school 8 blocks in the snow’). Not that he was the only TV
big foot to come from humble roots (Tom Brokaw came from the
University of South Dakota, Dan Rather from Sam Houston State
and Sam Donaldson from Texas Western) but Russert was the only
one who could spend his whole life extolling his humble origins.
"Now while NBC continues to eulogize Russert, let’s do it
with the truth. …
"Hard-nosed Democratic liberal he was, in his early formative
years as a savvy pol with two national Democratic figures he was
also abortion’s Great Enabler. Before he hit the NBC network he
had steered two major league Democratic Catholics who just could
have returned their party to its traditional values to mundane
pro-abort status where they fell far short of the presidency
they coveted. …
"Without ever having been a journalist or even having been on
TV for any appreciable time, Russert left [N.Y. Governor Mario]
Cuomo’s office in 1984. He joined NBC not as a journalist but
because the network sorely needed a pol with strong Democratic
ties and the skill to work up deals with the GOP to line up TV
stories and guests.
"But as it turned out, his first assignment wasn’t to land a
pol at all. It was to get Pope John Paul II to do his first
interview on network television for NBC. Russert scored. That
led to other coups and got him the job of Washington bureau
chief and a vice presidency in 1988. Then along came the
network’s Meet the Press. It was the longest running of
all TV network shows (since 1947) but it was in deep trouble
under some lackluster interrogators including Garrick Utley,
Marvin Kalb, Bill Monroe, Roger Mudd. Important guests were
begging off and preferring to go to the really hot Sunday show –
ABC’s This Week with David Brinkley which featured a
major league guest followed by a lively panel with Sam Donaldson
as predictable liberal with a bad hairpiece and an obnoxious
bent, George Will as a studious epigrammatic neocon, and Coke
Roberts, an NPR feminist Catholic, daughter of a deceased
Louisiana House majority leader, a cutie who could go either
this way or that on issues. …
"Russert merchandised himself as the Buffalo-and-Big-Russ
Working-class kid from Buffalo who was set apart from the Ivy
Leagues writing a book about his garbageman father, further
burnishing his own image as the working class anchor. …
"With the George W. Bush administration, Russert cut a
brilliant deal. He sent word to them that he would ask his usual
snotty question of Vice Resident Dick Cheney and others –
Defense Secretary Rumsfeld and other Pentagon figures – but
would give them ample time to bloviate or as the Bush people
delicately phrased it ‘get [the] message out.’ So the deal was
cooked. One week before the Iraq invasion to a super-hyped
promotional campaign, Cheney appeared before Russert on Meet
the Press. Predictably Russert’s opening question was
sarcastic: ‘Many Americans and many people around the world are
asking just one question: Why is it acceptable for the United
States to lead a military attack against a nation that has not
attacked the United States? What’s your answer?
"The answer given by Cheney lasted more than 1,000 words and
constituted a filibuster – but two sides were immensely pleased:
the liberals who savored the caustic question and the White
House which got ample time to bloviate on the answer. The same
pattern reappeared all the time which got the White House nixing
other networks in order to appear on Meet the Press. …
"When the Valerie Plame affair broke, former Cheney
communications director Cathie Martin testified ‘I suggested we
put the vice president on Meet the Press which was a
tactic we often used. It’s our best format, allowing us
[the administration] to control the message.’ [Italics
"Inside deals like this made Meet the Press a top
revenue grosser and brought multi-millionaire status to the kid
from Buffalo." Source: Thomas Roeser, The Wanderer,
7/3/08, pp. 1, 5
Candidates Refuse the NAU Pledge |
July 15, 2008 |
For Immediate Release
Contact: Charles Orndorff
MAJOR PARTY PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES UNWILLING
TO PLEDGE SUPPORT FOR AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE?
Presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama have
failed to pledge their support for American independence,
indicating they may favor continuing President Bush’s policy of
gradually merging the United States, Mexico, and Canada into a
North American Union (NAU), said Howard Phillips, Chairman of
The Conservative Caucus (TCC).
Last month, TCC sent each candidate a request to pledge his
opposition to the NAU and support for American independence.
Neither has replied nor made any public statement on the issue.
"It appears that both John McCain and Barack Obama intend to
lead the nation through a third term for George Bush," said
Phillips. "Not only has each of them failed to express
opposition to the NAU, but both have supported an immigration
policy that would virtually erase our borders. Likewise, both
support continuation of NAFTA [North American Free Trade
Agreement], which also greatly weakens control of our borders."
Phillips warned that a North American government, much like
that of the European Union, would gain supremacy over the U.S.
Constitution unless the trend toward the NAU is stopped.
The Conservative Caucus led in the formation of the Coalition
to Block the North American Union in 2006. Howard Phillips
serves as Chairman of the Coalition.
Howard Phillips to Speak at Ron Paul Rally |
July 10, 2008 |
For Immediate Release
Contact: Charles Orndorff
News Advisory and Interview Opportunity
Howard Phillips Joins Ron Paul at U.S. Capitol
Against North American Union
Conservative Caucus Chairman Howard Phillips will join the
Honorable Ron Paul to speak at a march and rally at 11:00 AM,
Saturday, July 12 on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
Mr. Phillips will urge the attendees to call and visit their
representatives in support of H.C.R. 40, the Congressional
Resolution to block the planned merger of the United States with
Mexico and Canada, known as the North American Union.
Mr. Phillips will be available for interviews regarding the
North American Union, the NAFTA Superhighway, and issues
relating to American independence and international trade.
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The Second Amendment |
July 9, 2008 |
SCALIA’S GUN OPINION SURRENDERED MUCH GROUND
The Scalia decision/opinion in the Heller case,
upholding the individual right to keep and bear arms under the
Second Amendment, is not an unmixed blessing.
Scalia allied himself with those who consider restrictions on
the Second Amendment to be acceptable, whether they relate to
concealed carry, weapons in educational institutions and
government buildings, as well as qualifications on the
commercial sale of arms.
Scalia also embraced the notion that it is appropriate to
prohibit "the carrying of ‘dangerous and unusual weapons’ ".
KENT SNYDER HAS DIED
It was a shock to learn that my friend, Kent Snyder, Chairman
of Ron Paul’s Presidential campaign, has died.
Kent supported Congressman Paul’s quest for the Presidency on
the Libertarian Party ticket in 1988, and was responsible for
Congressman Paul’s 2008 Presidential campaign strategy. At the
time of his death, Kent was 49 years old. He succumbed to a long
bout with pneumonia – no doubt exacerbated by his relentless,
tireless, unyielding efforts in behalf of Ron Paul and the
principles for which he stands.
Memorial Service Information
THE SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS FREE SPEECH
While the Supreme Court news has been dominated by stories of
the D.C. handgun decision, the Court handed down another
important victory for the Constitution that same day.
My friend, Jack Davis, won his challenge to the so-called
millionaire’s amendment (part of the McCain-Feingold law), which
allowed candidates to accept donations of as much as $6,900 (the
normal limit is $2,300) if the opponent spends more than
$350,000 of his own money for campaign purposes. The candidate’s
political party is allow allowed to spend more than the normal
It was good to see that five justices recognized the
unconstitutional nature of allowing one candidate to accept
donations of $6,900, while limiting his opponent to $2,300. The
Court now appears to have a slim majority that is sympathetic to
at least chipping away at McCain-Feingold’s restrictions on free
speech, and some of those justices are on record as believing
that the existing limitations on campaign contributions and
expenditures are a violation of the First Amendment.
However, it sent a chill down my spine to read the dissent of
Justice Stevens, in which he argued that the Court should allow
Congress to put limits on campaign expenditures. According to
Stevens, "limitations would likely have the salutary effect of
improving the quality of the exposition of idea." Stevens was
especially concerned that "flooding the airwaves with slogans
and sound-bites may well do more to obscure the issues than to
Justice Stevens may believe that the American people will
become better-informed if Congress is allowed to reduce the
amount of information available, but I prefer a wide open,
unlimited debate. I found it interesting that even someone as
liberal as Justice Ginsburg was unwilling to associate herself
with this part of Stevens’ opinion.
Left Wing Institute |
July 2, 2008 |
BUSH BREAKS GROUND FOR LEFT-WING INSTITUTE
Under pressure from West
Virginia Senator Jennings Randolph, Ronald Reagan rolled over
and signed into law a "Great Society" style boondoggle called
the Institute of Peace, which provides jobs and funding to a
large array of liberal and left-wing activists.
On June 5, George Bush embraced the Institute by
participating in a groundbreaking ceremony for the Institute’s
Chairman of the Institute is Robin West, with whom I served
on the staff of the Republican National Committee in 1967.
Funding for the Institute’s headquarters came, of course,
from you, me, and other taxpayers, thanks to an earmark by
Alaska Senator Ted Stevens.
In his remarks Bush said, "We’re transforming America’s
capabilities to help poor and struggling societies become
healthy and prosperous.
"And we’ve seen those effective transformations through the
Emergency plan for AIDS or malaria initiative or the Millennium
Challenge Account…America is training international peacekeepers
so they can deploy to provide security in troubled regions…So
far, we’ve trained more than 40,000 peacekeepers and the plan is
to train 75,000 additional." Source: Weekly Compilation of
Presidential Documents, June 9, 2008, Volume 44, Number 22
KUYKENDALL WAS A PIONEER POLITICAL STRATEGIST
Dan Kuykendall, who died
on June 12 at 83, was someone with whom I had numerous, highly
informative conversations during the period when he served as a
member of Congress for Tennessee.
Kuykendall was a brilliant political strategist and a
faithful conservative member of the U.S. House of
"Almost every book or study about how the South went from
being solidly Democratic to very reliably Republican will cite
Tennessee’s Dan Kuykendall as a player in that change.
When he died on June 12 at 83 after a long illness, Kuykendall
was remembered for his early work in the GOP vineyards when the
Tennessee Republican Party was almost nonexistent as for his
tenure as a conservative U.S. House member from 1966-74.
"Born in Cherokee, Tex., Kuykendall (pronounced ‘KIRK-en-dall’)
served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and
graduated from Texax A&M University in 1947. As regional manager
for Proctor&Gamble, he moved his family to Memphis in 1955 and
won high marks for training salesmen.
"Kuykendall’s skill at salesmanship was put to a major test
when he began recruiting fellow volunteers for the Republican
Party in overwhelmingly Democratic Memphis. After working on
Richard Nixon’s presidential campaign in 1960 (when Tennessee
went Republican by 75,000 votes), Kuykendall managed former City
Councilman Bob James’ near-successful race for Congress in 1962.
"Two years later, Kuykendall sought office himself by
carrying the GOP banner against Sen. (1952-70) Albert Gore,
Sr. (D.-Tenn.). Proudly aligning himself with Presidential
nominee Barry Goldwater, the salesman-candidate
promised a ‘rip-roaring campaign of truth and candor.’ He
slammed Gore (lifetime Americans for Constitutional Action
rating: 8%) for his anti-business record, declaring ‘Sen. Gore’s
flagrant and indiscriminate attacks on the business leaders of
this nation have kept many businesses from establishing plants
in Tennessee and consequently our industrial program has
suffered.’ Many Democratic business leaders crossed party lines
to back the Republican hopeful and he drew a handsome 46% of the
vote against Gore.
"Kuykendall roared back in 1966 and unseated democratic Rep.
George Crider. A solid conservative, Kuykendall served on
the House Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce. After
hostile redistricting in 1971, Kuykendall found himself in a
district deprived of its former ‘silk-stocking suburbs’ of
Shelby County and with a heavily enhanced black population from
Memphis. In a district that was now 30% black, Kuykendall
campaigned in black precincts, not hiding his conservatism, and
won a close re-election in 1972. But in the so-called ‘Watergate
Year’ of 1974, he lost by 574 votes to Democrat Harold Ford.
(My friend Fran Fawcett, then a WHBQ TV reporter in Memphis,
recalled to me her election-night interview with Kuykendall in
which the congressman thought he had won the squeaker. ‘I had to
tell him he had lost—on the air,’ she said.).
"After several years as a private consultant and lobbyist,
Kuykendall threw his energy and resourcefulness into designing
and building furniture in his basement workshop." Source: John
Gizzi, Human Events, 6/23/08, p. 19
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