Sunday, October 12, 2008

An Audacious Hope

The first election to which I paid any attention was 1964, when Democrat Lyndon Johnson trounced Republican Barry Goldwater with something like 70% of the vote. The Republican Party was in complete disarray, the Democrats were dreaming of being on top forever, the pundits were wondering if the Republicans could survive as a party. Sounds sort of like this election.

You can’t carry the analogy too far because on his very best day Obama does not hold a candle to LBJ on his very worst. And “McCain: in your heart you know he's less wrong than Obama”, does not have much power to inspire. Apparently, Arizona is a nice gentlemanly place where they don’t practice the gutter politics of Texas or Chicago.

The Republicans won the Presidency in five of the next six elections.


LFC said...

LBJ on his very worst day? On his worst day(s), LBJ was a self-pitying, insecure man who was consumed by his hatred for Robert Kennedy and mired in a war largely of his own making that he didn't know how to get out of.

On his best day he was a very good president who did more for civil rights than anyone since Lincoln, probably.

Unfortunately, he had a fair number of not very good days.

hank_F_M said...


I would not disagree with your assessment.

El Jefe Maximo said...

LFC and I disagree on a fair number of things, but he's sure got LBJ called.

Hmmmmm..."In your heart you know he's less wrong than Obama." Exactly McC's theme, but I'm not holding my breath looking for it on a button.

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