Tom Turnipseed is mentioned in promo. Point of contention – It’s only because many outside the region don’t know Southern history that they place Atwater above Dent. Atwater was the 1st "master practicioner" of the modern Southern Strategy – Dent was the "architect."kg
The link is to a blog item about a film that debuted Sunday night at the L.A. Film Festival, entitled, "Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story."
It’s about the South Carolinian who, in the assertion of the writer, "did more than any political strategist of his generation to help the GOP gain a decades-long stranglehold on the South."
In case you wonder where the blogger is coming from on this, the headline on the post is, "The real Darth Vader of American politics."
I only met Atwater once. Lee Bandy and I dropped by his office to chat when he was chairman of the RNC. When we got back to the now-defunct Knight Ridder Washington bureau, Lee’s colleagues were all over him wanting to know what Atwater thought about this or that (something in the news that day). Nobody else in Washington had the access to Atwater that Bandy had, right up to the end.
I don’t remember much about meeting Atwater except that he was pretty much as I expected, and he kept a guitar in the corner of his office. I want to say it was a Stratocaster.