In 1983, Edwin Edwards, the flamboyant Democratic governor of Louisiana, quipped: “The only way I can lose this election is if I’m caught in bed with a dead girl or live boy.” Neither scenario came to pass and he was, as he predicted, elected by a landslide.
Over the years, his remark has been adapted as a metaphor for local Southern politics, where powerful local interests and deep partisan divides dictate that...
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