A year ago next Monday, a contributing columnist for The Boston Globe, Michael A. Cohen, wrote about the then fairly easy-to-dismiss candidacy of Donald Trump, and compared him to George Wallace. The column bears a re-read now that Trump is president and some Democrats are taking a "resistance" stance.
Also from Boston, WBUR radio has a look back at the time almost a half century ago when Wallace when he was a guest on Public Television:
You can watch that 50 year old program online HERE.
"In January 1968, William F. Buckley Jr. featured segregationist Alabama Gov. George Wallace on Buckley’s "Firing Line" interview show. You couldn’t have paired an odder couple: Buckley, the Yale-educated, sesquipedalian guru of modern conservatism, and Wallace, the farmer’s son who’d futiley blocked the schoolhouse door five years earlier against black students at his state’s university."
The WBUR column by Rich Barlow suggests Trump should be treated as a modern Wallace, with a generous portion of reserve instead of resist:
Buckley shows how calm reason and humor can also dismantle a foe. Anger can go too far; smart liberals know that actions such as blocking Education Secretary Betsy DeVos from visiting a school only sink to Trump’s puerile incivility and risk turning off some people who might be open to their viewpoint.