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Tom Eamon

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469606972

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469606989_eamon

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Eyes toward Washington

Eyes toward Washington

(p.184) Chapter Eight Eyes toward Washington
The Making of a Southern Democracy

Tom Eamon

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter illustrates how the achievements of the Hunt administration stood out in a period when the Democratic Party and the country lurched from one crisis to another. Jimmy Carter approached the presidency with the spirit of a pietistic preacher and the mind of an engineer. His self-righteous nature and penchant for efficiency at the expense of the usual political courtesies turned off Democratic figures, including Speaker of the U.S. House Thomas P. “Tip” O'Neill of Massachusetts and the Kennedy family, at a time when Carter needed all the help he could get. Stagflation, an unusual combination of higher unemployment and higher prices, created discontent. Many Americans saw a weak if well-intentioned president. His approval ratings plummeted.

Keywords:   Hunt administration, Democratic Party, Jimmy Carter, pietistic preacher, political courtesies, stagflation, Thomas P. Tip O'Neill

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