THE ARTICLES BY KEVIN Phillips, Cliff Schecter, and Ruy Teixeira featured in your "All Eyes on Dixie" debate [February] were very insightful, but they missed a point that historian Dan T. Carter (author of From George Wallace to Newt Gingrich) made in an interview with Bill Moyers.
Carter argued that the Democrats should contest the southern states vigorously even if there is no chance of winning any of them. Otherwise the Republicans can continue to pose as compassionate moderates and win votes in the more liberal states. By contesting the Republicans in the southern states, Democrats will force Republicans to drop their disguise and reaffirm their credentials with the lunatic fringe that makes up so much of their support.
GUS RABSON Via e-mail