IN THE REVIEW

The Discreet Charms of a Demogogue

Hard Right: The Rise of Jesse Helms

by Ernest B. Furgurson
On September 27, 1986, Senator Jesse Helms (Republican of North Carolina) accidentally inserted a dial-a-porn message into the Congressional Record. The transcript began: Hi. I’m Nellie from High Society and I’m so busy getting ready for my June wedding. Why don’t you and I have a private shower…. Helms’s office …