On this day in 1972, George Wallace was shot while campaigning in Laurel, Maryland.

Maybe it’s less than charitable to remember him this way, but as the Drive-By Truckers say in “The Three Great Alabama Icons,” it’s part of the “duality of that southern thing.”

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.