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Cowboy ConservatismTexas and the Rise of the Modern Right$
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Sean P. Cunningham

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125763

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125763.001.0001

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Reagan and Texas in 1980

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Cowboy Conservatism

Sean P. Cunningham

University Press of Kentucky

The 1980s election of Ronald Reagan highlighted by his overwhelming win in Texas was a culmination of more than two decades of political change, hastened by a host of economic, social, and demographic forces. With Texas grassroots enthusiasm for Republican conservatism at an all-time high, and Carter's unpopularity crushing Democratic credibility at the national level, the state's political loyalties and traditions quickly began to change. The potency of negatively associating Carter with liberalism was further highlighted by the visibility of economic and foreign policy failures. The more Carter was associated with failure, the more failure was associated with liberalism, and liberalism was circularly associated with the Democratic Party.

Keywords:   demographic forces, enthusiasm, credibility, potency, liberalism

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