It is hard to believe, unless you were there, just how effective Duke was at manipulating the media. He was telegenic and glib, with a preternatural ability to turn any hostile interview to his advantage while hitting populist hot buttons again and again. And Louisiana was a poor state, with a poor educational system. Demagoguery worked. It would take savvy planning to stop him.The woman who undertook that savvy planning was one Beth Rickey, who died last Friday in pain and obscurity, before financial help could arrive. It's worth everyone's time to take a look a her eulogy.