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November 16, 2008 12:00 AM

Which change came first?

Bob Moser was there that day in Greensboro 36 years ago, a boy riding on his daddy's shoulders while President Richard Nixon and Republican senatorial nominee Jesse Helms were publicly honing the Southern Strategy that would capture the South for the Republican Party and frustrate southern Democrats for a generation. Nixon and Helms were whipping up fervor for law and order and traditional values and inciting the crowd against long hairs, liberals, criminals – anyone who could be demonized into an “us versus them” formula that would marginalize Democrats and elect Republicans.

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