Chapter

The Gathering Storm

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/9780813125763.003.0008
The Gathering Storm

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Jimmy Carter was one of the best friends that the Texas Republican Party could ever have asked for. Between 1977 and 1980, Carter, quite unintentionally, not only provided the Texas GOP with the context and ammunition it needed to finally achieve viable second-party status, but also helped lay the groundwork for the Lone Star State's future status as a bedrock of national conservative Republicanism. During these years, the viability of a Reagan presidency grew, especially when sharply contrasted with the growing perceptions of Carter's weakness and inability to handle the mounting tally of foreign and domestic crises that seemed to threaten America's place in the global sun.

Keywords: ammunition; groundwork; Republicanism; perceptions

Chapter.  10746 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

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