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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Ferrel Guillory, December 11, 1973. Interview A-0123. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Democrats in disarray following their 1972 electoral losses

The Democrats are in disarray following their 1972 electoral losses, Guillory believes.

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Oral History Interview with Ferrel Guillory, December 11, 1973. Interview A-0123. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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JACK BASS:
What have the Democrats been doing since they got beat?
FERREL GUILLORY:
They don't know. I don't think. . . the Democrats have any clear idea what in the hell is going on.
WALTER DE VRIES:
Do you really think that they believe they were beaten and that 1972 was not some kind of aberration that is going to go away?
FERREL GUILLORY:
I'm not sure whether they believe that or not. I don't know. I think that. . . we are just focusing on the Republicans because they are in power right now but it's all confused, they don't know what's going on. I don't think the Democrats have a sense of what their party is right now. I tried to list the other day all the wings in the Democratic Party, all it has got is wings and no body and it's just flapping. You know, it's got Sanford wing, Bowles wing and a McGovern wing, a labor wing and a Black wing, and a rural wing, and a city wing, and a western wing, and an Eastern wing and it has got some women out here and it's got some people in Greensboro that are little bit different from the people out here. And it's got the oldtime guys, the courthouse wing, and nobody has brought that all together.