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Coveted Confederate endorsement--still up for grabs

Getting the right quote from an extremist whose issue is making a temporary visit to the headlines is a tricky thing. Four years ago Eli Lake pulled it off, calling David Duke to get his take on a Stephen Walt and John Meirsheimer study of the "Israel lobby." Duke, no surprise, was a big fan. And now that trick gets another try-out from Zachary Roth, who locates Brandon Dorsey of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and asks him about Bob McDonnell's mea culpa.

Dorsey said he was unaware of McDonnell's apology. After it was read to him, Dorsey said the apology "comes as a shock," and accused the governor of "pandering to people who never would have voted for him nor supported any of his policies."

Making clear that he was speaking only for himself, Dorsey said that the apology "completely undermined the purpose of the resolution." He added: "We would probably have rather not had a proclamation whatsoever, than for him to add a clause that says that everything that we support and everything we hold dear has to do with slavery."

Now, back into the rolodex Dorsey goes, until he's needed again for the 2012 South Carolina primary.

By David Weigel  |  April 8, 2010; 7:30 AM ET
Categories:  Fringe  
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