In Gop We Trust By James Evan Duffy

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October 25, 2013, at the age of 81, Mr. James Evan Duffy entered into eternal rest. Duffy was a native of the great state of New York, where he graduated from White Plains, NY, High School and was a Veteran of the Korean War obtaining the rank of First Lieutenant. He later became a graduate of Clemson College in 1954 where he was secretary of his class, historian of the Senior Platoon military organization, Chair of the Calhoun Lecture Series, Board Member of the College of Humanities and a member of the Platoon Color Guard.
Beginning in the early 1960’s, Duffy became active in South Carolina Republican politics. In 1962, he supported the Workman for Senate campaign. He was quite devoted ...view middle of the document...

His office disdained the connection one aide. What Scott problem was his horrible working relationship with President Richard Nixon. The President did not think twice about dressing him down in front of others. The new minority whip, the second-in-command, was Robert Griffin, who was hardly in a position to lead fight for Haynsworth. The third and final member of the GOP leadership, Senator Margret Chase Smith, one of the prickliest and most independently minded legislators on Capitol Hill, was no friend of the party’s right wing. The White House could hardly count on her to lead the charge for South Carolina.
The country’s most prominent black Republican was, in effect, calling Nixon on the carpet of his overtures to Storm Thurmond. Senator Brooke had experience with the South Carolina Republican Party. In 1967 he spoke on the party’s behalf in Columbia, a visit which provoked sufficient controversy because of his skin color that it led Thurmond’s faction ousting the pro-Edens Republican National Committeewoman.
For South Carolina Republicans as for a fellow conservatives nationwide the question was vexing, was it wiser to be pragmatic and join forces with Nixon or stand steadfastly on principle and firmly back Ronald Reagan regardless of the consequences? Nixon, a genuine party stalwart, was not unpopular with Goldwaterites, who appreciated his willingness to “go down with the ship” in 1964 when so many GOP leader abandoned the national ticket. South Carolina Republicans, however, always harried some skepticism of the candidate dating to his pro-civil right record in the 1950s. Certainly he paled in comparison with the Bright star of Ronald Reagan, whose innate charm had won the hearts of Goldwater’s followers in 1964. Throughout the spring of 1968, party leader in South Carolina mused over their dilemma. Could Reagan win the general in 1968 and, if not was Richard Nixon an authentic conservative?
As normal in crucial moments, Senator Strom Thurmond who rose to the occasion sought a rapprochement with the former vice president. The Thurmond-...

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