The Return of David Duke
Tim Russert did the nation a service Sunday morning by putting congressional hopeful David Duke on display. Smarmy and smug, Mr. Duke tried to deflect Mr. Russerts' aggressive questioning by making himself out to be a screwy sort of pacifist - the sort who is so upset about collateral civilian casualties in wartime Germany that he concludes American flyers were murderers on a scale far worse than Timothy McVeigh.
Mr. Duke may not be walking around with a swastika on his arm anymore, but that doesn't mean he has given up his fascist affections. There is the taste for Holocaust revisionism, and the fact that Mr. Duke is still fond of swastikas, albeit the modernized version. Log onto Mr. Duke's internet site, and the first thing one is confronted with is a peculiar and disturbing symbol: a large circle with cross-hairs. It is the white supremacist version of a swastika, the same logo used by the hate group "Stormfront" - to whose web site Mr. Duke also provides a helpful link.
Mr. Duke is running for the House seat recently vacated by Louisiana Republican Robert Livingston, on a message of "white pride." Not that he thinks there are enough white supremacists in the district to carry the day for him - Mr. Duke still plays his old game of dressing up like a conservative Republican. The David Duke platform starts with a "No New Taxes!" pledge and calls for abolishing the IRS before moving on to the racial hot buttons. Even with those issues Mr. Duke attempts to portray himself as a sort of mainstream conservative whose opposition to affirmative action flows from a principled opposition to racial discrimination. As he has done before, Mr. Duke is trying to hijack the legitimate conservative agenda. If the substance of Mr. Duke's views weren't enough to energize opposition from conservatives, they should consider the damage Mr. Duke promises to do to conservative causes.
Consider Mr. Duke's efforts to make Charlton Heston into his poster boy. …