When he was helping Uncle Earl get elected governor of Louisiana last winter, 29-year-old Russell Long was not above pausing to speak enthusiastically about himself. He reminded Louisiana voters that he was Huey Long's oldest son, and strongly intimated that he was the true heir to the departed Kingfish's domain. This summer, when he set out to run for the U.S. Senate, he made the inference even plainer by continually speaking of "Me and Earl."

Russell made the most of his resemblance to Huey. When speaking he yanked off his coat, loosened his...

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