Report: David Duke Considering 2012 Presidential Campaign

For those times when the Tea Party feels just too–what’s the word I’m looking for?–liberal. Now comes word former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke may be pondering a bid for the Republican nomination for president. Duke, who served in the Louisiana House of Representatives in the 1990s, is reportedly ready to begin a 25-state tour designed to test the waters. Could racial politics be the key in defeating the country’s first black president? As Eve Conant writes on The Daily Beast, “Duke has a significant following online. His videos go viral…he hasn’t considered running for serious office since the early ’90s, when he won nearly 40 percent of the vote in his bid for Louisiana governor. But like many ‘white civil rights advocates,’ as he describes himself to The Daily Beast, 2012 is already shaping up to be a pivotal year.”

Why now? Part of the problem, according to Gawker’s Jeff Neumann, is a belief among “racial realists” that the Tea Party’s leaders just aren’t tough enough:

Besides Duke, several other “racial realists” — among them Neo-Confederates, Neo-Nazis, Klansmen, and other assorted “white nationalists” — have their eyes on government offices across the country. Don Black, who runs the Stormfront white power message board, told The Daily Beast that he likes the Tea Party, but bemoans the fact that they’re little bitches when it comes to being tagged as racists.

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