Chapter

Poisons

Sean P. Cunningham

in Cowboy Conservatism

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780813125763
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135441 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125763.003.0006
Poisons

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The political status quo in Texas was challenged from several angles. Texans witnessed widespread scandal and corruption, intraparty factionalism at the national, state, and local levels, intensified challenges to partisan loyalties, and the infusion into the political culture of new and controversial challenges to existing social traditions and moral codes. These widely held antipathies toward both liberalism and established power manifested not in a refortification of partisan defense, but rather as ideological poisons through which Democratic loyalties were weakened, growing less secure and ultimately less important. The politics of scandal and corruption hastened ideological reconsiderations in Texas, confused the public's partisan loyalties, and contributed mightily to the breakdown of support for established leadership.

Keywords: corruption; factionalism; infusion; partisan loyalties; refortification

Chapter.  11247 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

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