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has the stomach for another brass-knuckles secession fight like the one we just finished, at least not now.
By knocking the liberal Republican out of the party's gubernatorial race, Davis was handpicking Bill Simon as his opponent, a conservative ``extremist'' who would quickly fold in a brass-knuckles general campaign.
That's because in the early rounds of the brass-knuckles campaign, the only blows the genius has landed have been on himself.
A year later, a 24-year-old Army Air Force captain with a Southern drawl and brass-knuckles moxie by the name of Chuck Yeager climbed in the orange rocket and held on.