Obama is no LBJ, but 2014 is no 1964

posted at 3:31 pm on June 29, 2014 by Noah Rothman

It has become a familiar lament, and a panel on CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday reproduced it perfectly: Why does President Barack Obama seem so ill-equipped to meet the challenges of the moment.

Amid sagging job approval ratings, prompted by a series of crises abroad and an economic recovery that more closely resembles a new recession, a panel of political veterans pondered all the reasons why Obama seems to be floundering.

Vanity Fair’s Todd Purdum, the author of a book on the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, was asked by CBS host Bob Schieffer whether Obama has the mastery of the forms of political persuasion which Lyndon Johnson so skillfully wielded. Purdum noted that LBJ maintained lines of communication open to both his supporters and opponents in Congress, something Obama acknowledges he failed to do in his first term. Purdum was, however, careful to add that Congress and the republic are fundamentally different today than they were then.

“It’s astounding that 50 years ago, people basically did the right thing for the right reason, and sort of fundamental decency and common sense prevailed,” Purdum observed in a rather stunning admonition of the present generation.

“I hope we can somehow find a way be more like we used to be,” Schieffer mourned.

True, Obama is no LBJ. Obama is not even Bill Clinton – not the Bill Clinton who has positioned himself a partisan firebrand now that he is out of office, but the leader who sought to rebrand his tarnished party as a centrist force for compromise. But 2014 is neither 1964 nor is it even 1997.

Before the Monica Lewinsky scandal got in the way in 1997, according to The Pact author Steven Gillon, the White House and the Republican-led Congress were reportedly on the verge of crafting a bipartisan deal which would have partially privatized social security and might have branded the Democratic Party the force for sound and solvent entitlements. Partisan politics got in the way of that deal and entitlement reform will have to wait for a new generation of compromisers, and no one was happier about that than Democrats.

“How Monica Lewinsky saved social security,” wrote author and film producer Jane Hamsher in FireDogLake. “Liberals who are dreading the scandal-mania that is taking hold should note that it contains a potential upside: It could make a Grand Bargain that includes cuts to Medicare and Social Security benefits even less likely than it already is,” The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent wrote.

Many have suggested that it was Obama’s intention when he drafted Erskine Bowles, the facilitator of the original “Pact” between Clinton and Newt Gingrich, to co-chair a debt reduction commission along with Alan Simpson in 2011, to attempt to complete the work began in 1997. But the circumstances which nearly facilitated a grand bargain at the close of the 20th Century no longer prevailed in the second decade of the 21st Century.

The seemingly stagnant and occasionally contracting U.S. economy has turned members of Congress into the political equivalent of hoarding survivalists. The shrinking American pie has made both Republicans and Democrats less amenable to compromises, and the elimination of earmarks has removed a critical incentive which once induced recalcitrant members to make concessions.

So when people like Schieffer lament that the way we were in the 1960s was preferable human nature today, he does a disservice to the American character. The fundamental American nature which made the republican government a practical proposition for the last 230 plus years remain in place, but the circumstances of the time in which we live have changed. The methods Democratic presidents once used to effect great change are no longer viable.

Whereas Johnson and Clinton could rely on the post-war American largess to grease the wheels of Congress, that tool is no longer available. The overflowing barrels of pork which so many congressional navigators once used to secure support for great reforms have run dry. It will take a new type of leader to guide a majority of 535 nakedly self-interested voting members toward a single end. To the extent that presidents like Roosevelt could rely on force and coercion and the promise of the state to pass his agenda in another time of want, the new strain of libertarianism coursing through the country means that the 21st Century presidency requires a new kind of engagement.

Both Republican and Democratic partisans are growing more polarized, making compromise between their representatives that much harder. Rapidly changing political circumstances have made the old tools that once facilitated compromise obsolete. Obama’s 20th Century approach to 21st Century problems has failed, and it is in a failure that a new approach to the presidency is formed. Let’s hope that Obama’s successor brings a few new ideas to the Oval Office.


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I find it amazing that these so called experts are so confounded by the obvious

Brock Robamney on June 29, 2014 at 3:37 PM

But Obama is Alinsky to the core.

faraway on June 29, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Why does President Barack Obama seem so ill-equipped to meet the challenges of the moment.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say because Barack Obama IS ill-equipped to meet the challenges of the moment and that Barack Obama has always been ill-equipped to meet the challenges of the moment.

Not only that, Barack Obama is and always has been ill-equipped to meet the most rudimentary challenges of being president, which is why the moment is such a disaster.

jaydee_007 on June 29, 2014 at 3:41 PM

The seemingly stagnant and occasionally contracting U.S. economy has turned members of Congress into the political equivalent of hoarding survivalists.

Why all this hate for survivalists lately? I keep seeing mentions everywhere from TDB to NRO, and what is their chief offense? That they save for a rainy day and not just money but food and supplies?

Meanwhile, you know our elites will be just fine. During the Cold War, they all planned to hole themselves up in the Greenbrier while the rest of us burned in a nuclear cloud. Those days look sane compared to the “interesting times”, as the Chinese so quaintly put it, we’re living through now.

ezspirit on June 29, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Purdum noted that LBJ maintained lines of communication open to both his supporters and opponents in Congress, something Obama acknowledges he failed to do in his first term.

Purdum noted that LBJ maintained lines of communication open to both his supporters and opponents in Congress, something Obama acknowledges he failed refused to do in his first term.

FIFY

jaydee_007 on June 29, 2014 at 3:43 PM

seemingly stagnant and occasionally contracting U.S. economy

Fo’ Shizzle?

corona79 on June 29, 2014 at 3:44 PM

“I hope we can somehow find a way be more like we used to be,” Schieffer mourned.

Idiot

Schadenfreude on June 29, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Pifflesquish.

battalion on June 29, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Johnson had actually done stuff in his life.

Choom has coasted on his color (or lack of it).

formwiz on June 29, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Republican-led Congress were reportedly on the verge of crafting a bipartisan deal which would have partially privatized social security

You honestly believe this?

The party that depicted Newt Gingrich throwing an old lady off a cliff was ready to partially privatize SS? I don’t think so. More likely… They were going to sweet-talk the GOP into introducing the bill and then demagogue it into the 98 elections.

mankai on June 29, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Barack Obama is ill-equipped because he’s ill-equipped. He’s the guy who got somewhere because:trendycoolcutetalkytalk — he appeals to those who need, really, really need, to be told or to hear someone tell others what to think, do, want, lust after.

Obama’s not anyone with leadership abilities or even wants; what he wants is to be unquestioned, to be idolized, indulged. No wonder he sought out “community organizing” as his activity after law school. It’s the equivalent of street-celebrity.

Lourdes on June 29, 2014 at 3:48 PM

You forgot to mention Obama’s incompetence with regard to leadership.

Bigbullets on June 29, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Republican-led Congress were reportedly on the verge of crafting a bipartisan deal which would have partially privatized social security

If the GOP had the guts to do this and believed they had bipartisan support in 97… Why did it never get anywhere near that with control of both chambers and the White House, 2001-07?

They couldn’t even reform Fannie and Freddie without being called racists, intent on keeping minorities from buying homes.

mankai on June 29, 2014 at 3:51 PM

johnson did nothing for the poor and obama is adding more poor….both liberal jackwagons…….and obama doesn’t care about poll numbers, it is all on purpose

crosshugger on June 29, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Obama can’t work with others, if at all, because he doesn’t want to.

That’s the obvious aspect about Barack Obama: he doesn’t want to interact with others.

And that explains why he won’t work with “both sides of the aisle” in Congress. And why Obama’s standing retort to all issues is to blame someone else, and who he blames when he routinely does are those who pose questions about what Obama wants.

Lourdes on June 29, 2014 at 3:52 PM

obama is the most successful president in all of history…at destroying America and at furthering his Lenin/Mussolinian activities.

Schadenfreude on June 29, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Why is he ill equipped to meet the challenges of the moment?

Because he never acquired the equipment necessary to meet those challenges.

This equipment includes, but is not limited too:

* A Christian upbringing, at least nominally

* Love for the USA

* Familiarity with American history

* Respect for military service, if not participation in it

* Being raised in the US

* Respect for the Constitution and a republican form of government

* A tragic view of human nature rather than the utopian version he was raised with

* Healthy suspicion of foreign ideologies

* An IQ above 100

* Heterosexuality

Akzed on June 29, 2014 at 3:54 PM

And why Obama’s standing retort to all issues is to blame someone else, and who he blames when he routinely does are those who pose questions about what Obama wants.

Lourdes on June 29, 2014 at 3:52 PM

You would know. You are an expert at this.

cozmo on June 29, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Lourdes on June 29, 2014 at 3:52 PM

You would know. You are an expert at this.

cozmo on June 29, 2014 at 3:56 PM

“Lourdes” isn’t your problem, cozmo. Sanity, decency and mental issues are your problem.

You can read more about “Lourdes” here, below link, and perhaps you can seek some level of healing with her guidance to Christ’s salvation from all that illness that you host.

http://en.lourdes-france.org/

Lourdes on June 29, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Why does President Barack Obama seem so ill-equipped to meet the challenges of the moment.

Another phony scandal! Geez, how many phony scandals can one person be straddled with! These Republicans at “Deface the Nation” are just racists!

VegasRick on June 29, 2014 at 4:00 PM

It’s official now

Schadenfreude on June 29, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Lourdes on June 29, 2014 at 4:00 PM

You lie non-stop and go on multi-page rants about which you know nothing about. Your advice on bears would have gotten people killed if they followed it.

You can admit you are liar and begin your own salvation.

Or provide the evidence you claim to have.

cozmo on June 29, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Is Bob really willing to go back to the 60′s? Is he willing to sellout minorities, gays, women, etc….???

ladyingray on June 29, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Schadenfreude on June 29, 2014 at 4:02 PM

error 404

cozmo on June 29, 2014 at 4:04 PM

“It’s astounding that 50 years ago, people basically did the right thing for the right reason, and sort of fundamental decency and common sense prevailed,” Purdum observed in a rather stunning admonition of the present generation.

“I hope we can somehow find a way be more like we used to be,” Schieffer mourned.

They’re kidding, right? They do absolutely everything they can to undermine moral absolutes that would contribute to a strong sense of qualities such as honesty, integrity, trustworthiness, etc., in our society and then want to mourn what has been lost?

You idiots contributed to that loss yourselves with all your needless rhetoric and never-ending propaganda!!!!

lineholder on June 29, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Sorry, here’s the link.

Schadenfreude on June 29, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Partisan politics got in the way of that deal and entitlement reform will have to wait for a new generation of compromisers, and no one was happier about that than Democrats.

There isn’t ever going to be any entitlement reform. There will only be collapse.

DarkCurrent on June 29, 2014 at 4:09 PM

If the GOP had the guts to do this and believed they had bipartisan support in 97… Why did it never get anywhere near that with control of both chambers and the White House, 2001-07?

They couldn’t even reform Fannie and Freddie without being called racists, intent on keeping minorities from buying homes.

mankai on June 29, 2014 at 3:51 PM

I’m getting tired of this revisionist history, google jumping Jim Jeffords. And Obama had a filibuster proof majority in the senate for almost a year, that and illegal reconciliation tactics are the only way they got OMG care passed.

Mini-14 on June 29, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Schadenfreude on June 29, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Brutal, but until it is in the NYT, or WaPo, those who need to read that information the most, won’t see it.

cozmo on June 29, 2014 at 4:11 PM

um, JugEars will treat this like every other leadership opportunity he’s been challenged with these past five years… he’ll dodge it.

His focus is on adoration, not leadership.

socalcon on June 29, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Brutal, but until it is in the NYT, or WaPo, those who need to read that information the most, won’t see it.

cozmo on June 29, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Yup…

OmahaConservative on June 29, 2014 at 4:20 PM

OT

Iraqi offensive to retake Tikrit fails

Iraqi government forces have reportedly been forced to pull back from the northern city of Tikrit after an offensive to reclaim the city from Sunni Muslim militants was blunted by fierce fighting.

However, residents reached by telephone Saturday evening said militants were still in control of Tikrit, a predominantly Sunni city of more than 200,000, and patrolling the city’s streets.

sharrukin on June 29, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Brutal, but until it is in the NYT, or WaPo, those who need to read that information the most, won’t see it.

cozmo on June 29, 2014 at 4:11 PM

ISIS will do them all, with their heads in obama’s azz.

There isn’t ever going to be any entitlement reform. There will only be collapse.

DarkCurrent on June 29, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Agreed

Schadenfreude on June 29, 2014 at 4:23 PM

OT

Iraqi offensive to retake Tikrit fails

sharrukin on June 29, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Means the end of Maliki.

Schadenfreude on June 29, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Akzed on June 29, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Blame the fools who brung such, twice.

I laugh at the obamagasmic world, daily.

Schadenfreude on June 29, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Means the end of Maliki.

Schadenfreude on June 29, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Could well be, but in that chaos following his removal Baghdad could fall. The Iraqi military is not particularly skilled to be charitable and a mass panic and a leaderless government could be the straw that breaks the Iraqi camel.

sharrukin on June 29, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Obama is not capable of new thinking.

VorDaj on June 29, 2014 at 4:28 PM

The difference between 1964 and now is that the intervening 50 years of socialism has destroyed the economy.

The parasite has eaten the host.

PattyJ on June 29, 2014 at 4:31 PM

So they want us to be more like we were in the early 60′s?

But I thought we were are terrible bigots back then?

Good Solid B-Plus on June 29, 2014 at 4:43 PM

…50 years ago, people basically did the right thing for the right reason, and sort of fundamental decency and common sense prevailed…

This. It goes far beyond Obama. The majority of Republicans these days are crony capitalists at best, closet statists at worst. And, the Democrats are out-and-out looneytoons. The Vietnam antiwar movement unleashed a virus in them that could not be contained and the Bush/Gore election sent them finally and fully over the edge.

trigon on June 29, 2014 at 4:43 PM

True, Obama is no LBJ. Obama is not even Bill Clinton – not the Bill Clinton who has positioned himself a partisan firebrand now that he is out of office, but the leader who sought to rebrand his tarnished party as a centrist force for compromise. But 2014 is neither 1964 nor is it even 1997.

I wouldn’t want to be either.

WryTrvllr on June 29, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Ill-equipped? That label is too kind.

He’s a frickin’ disaster that any informed and rational individual saw coming in 2008. In 2012 and presently, he’s becoming public enemy no. 1 in my opinion.

In a country of *300 some odd million people, this is the best we could do? (*legal citizens)

StubbornGreenBurros on June 29, 2014 at 4:54 PM

StubbornGreenBurros on June 29, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Yet 65 million idiots who were better off staying home voted for this a**hole in round two. I promise you that without curtailing voting he’d get re-elected a second time.

Judge_Dredd on June 29, 2014 at 4:58 PM

flash: Obama to tap Bob McDonald (former Proctor and Gamble CEO) to head VA

You can’t put the toothpaste back in the VA tube.

faraway on June 29, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Noah. Haley Barbour is LBJ.

Bmore on June 29, 2014 at 5:02 PM

These days it’s all about getting re-elected, and more of your ilk elected / re-elected. Even if it hurts the country.

To hell with what America wants or needs, gaining / maintaining power is all that matters.

Oxymoron on June 29, 2014 at 5:02 PM

There is no comparison between obama and Johnson. LBJ had it much easier than obama because the black family was largely intact at that moment in our history. After 50 years of family splitting policies and handouts the “Great Society” of 1965 has all but destroyed the black family. Obama had the opportunity when he came into office to start the pendulum back towards the center for minorities but he declined to do so. Instead he spent his political capital continuing to run for office after he had been elected. Then when he finally got moving he went after obamacare instead of correcting one of the greatest American failures in our history. I am a deep conservative but I would have applauded him had he attempted to undo what LBJ did and I think many other Republican and Conservatives would have joined he too. The man will go down in history as a total failure not only to the black race but to this country and to the world.

inspectorudy on June 29, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Both Republican and Democratic partisans are growing more polarized, making compromise between their representatives that much harder.

Taken literally, almost nothing about that statement is true. Republican and Democratic partisans have always been polarized, that’s why they exist in the first place. And Republican ‘representatives’ continue to compromise as they always have, by giving in to the DemocRATs by any means necessary.

Knott Buyinit on June 29, 2014 at 5:07 PM

“I hope we can somehow find a way be more like we used to be,” Schieffer mourned

…look in the mirror and start crying shithead!…you and your friends in the media changed all that!…going from ‘biased’ presentations…to ‘activist’ partisans of the news function!

JugEarsButtHurt on June 29, 2014 at 5:10 PM

The way we were in the ’60s is what gave us Obama to begin with.

Dan_Yul on June 29, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Means the end of Maliki.

Schadenfreude on June 29, 2014 at 4:24 PM

I am not that optimistic. I am not sure Iran is willing to relinquish their puppet. Members of the Parliament who might rise to challenge Maliki might find themselves having tragic accidents etc. Iran does not play nice and they do not wish to play with the Sunnis or Kurds of Iraq when they would be perfectly happy to dominant a rump Shia southern Iraq. Plus chaos in Iraq could lower Iraqi oil output both now and in the future which would raise the world price Iran gets. Why would Iran that has done so much to tear Iraq apart and leave it chaotic and weak allow it to unify, establish order and become the new Saudi Arabia of oil production?

KW64 on June 29, 2014 at 5:22 PM

flash: Obama to tap Bob McDonald (former Proctor and Gamble CEO) to head VA

You can’t put the toothpaste back in the VA tube.

faraway on June 29, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Perfect candidate to do a whitewash.

KW64 on June 29, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Judge_Dredd on June 29, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Its like he knew all along…

…but there’s no excuse for anyone who stayed home – especially those who are still complaining.
There’s a lesser of two evils here, and if someone felt they’d rather abstain in 2012 than vote for a perceived squish….well, their principals be damned. I hope they’re enjoying Zero’s scorched US policies.

StubbornGreenBurros on June 29, 2014 at 5:25 PM

It can only be called “ill-equipped” if you think he wants what’s in the best interest of the United States. He doesn’t. The decline of the country and the suffering of it’s citizens, are the desired outcome of this administration, and he’s doing a superb job at that. He’s not stupid, or incompetent. He’s evil. Look at it this way and everything he does makes sense.

Racistanyway on June 29, 2014 at 5:25 PM

When Ayers is seen flogging his book on FOX, you know the 60′s revolution is over. Someone please tell Barry. Quickly.

steveracer on June 29, 2014 at 5:27 PM

“I hope we can somehow find a way be more like we used to be,” Schieffer mourned.

Like they’re not doing enough damage now. Obama is, in fact, the equivalent of LBJ, as was Bush. And the country is suffering for it as it did when Johnson left office and it was left to Nixon to fully fund his “Great Society”, with, as today, a sustained increase of inflation.

rickv404 on June 29, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Obama is the first openly Communist Leader of America. Evah.

/There’s your legacy.

Key West Reader on June 29, 2014 at 5:39 PM

“I hope we can somehow find a way be more like we used to be,” Schieffer mourned

Grow a pair, Bobbo.

Key West Reader on June 29, 2014 at 5:41 PM

It has become a familiar lament, and a panel on CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday reproduced it perfectly: Why does President Barack Obama seem so ill-equipped to meet the challenges of the moment.

Duh. Because Barack Hussein Obama is nothing more than Al Sharpton in Armani. The only thing that separates these two clowns is their ability to read a teleprompter.

Otherwise? No difference whatsoever.

Key West Reader on June 29, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Noah. Haley Barbour is LBJ.

Bmore on June 29, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Haley Barbour’s nephew will be taking Cochran’s seat within a year.

Key West Reader on June 29, 2014 at 5:45 PM

making compromise between their representatives that much harder

good.
compromise has gotten us 17 trillion in debt with, depending on where you look, up to 120 trillion in unfunded liabilities.

dmacleo on June 29, 2014 at 6:10 PM

They’re dancing around the real truth: By 1964, LBJ had been in DC for nearly thirty years. In that time, he had amassed an impressive set of markers that he could call in if he needed them – and he did.

Obama was a back bencher for a couple of years before becoming president. He hadn’t been there long enough for his ass to get comfortable in the chair, much less build up sufficient political capital to get anything done. That’s why he had to bribe members of his own party to get the ACA passed.

Oh, and Noah, the word “but” placed between two clauses means the second clause negates the first one in some way. The title of this post should have been “Obama is no LBJ and 2014 is not 1964.” The word “and” means the second clause supports the assertion in the first or adds to it in some way.

Grammar Nazi on June 29, 2014 at 6:41 PM

If it were 1964 and Ogabe were preznit then Putin likely would be in Brooklyn and halfway to Manhattan…

…and Ogabe would be vacationing in Palm Springs oblivious to what the NY Times refused to print.

viking01 on June 29, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Obama is not el BJ.

Bill Clinton is el BJ.

Parmenides on June 29, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Barack Obama could not lead a lemming over a cliff…

bimmcorp on June 29, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Mini-14 on June 29, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Can you post HR or S bills introduced to partially privatize SS?

mankai on June 29, 2014 at 8:14 PM

“I’ll have those ni**ers voting Democratic for the next 200 years.” – Lyndon B. Johnson

Pork-Chop on June 29, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Obama’s 20th Century approach to 21st Century problems has failed, and it is in a failure that a new approach to the presidency is formed. Let’s hope that Obama’s successor brings a few new ideas to the Oval Office.

Failed in what context. From what I read of Obama, he is achieving his goals. It is obvious they picked an incompetent contractor to develop obamacare, so the public would be mired in the mechanics, and have no taste of the full measure of the law for the coming elections. Poor error handling routines also guaranteed the system would be top loaded with bogus enrollees. This creates a perfect socialist scenario, where politicans can demand more money and power to fix what was intentionally created, and the HOPE of obamacare can still be used for the next election

Similarly, his flooding the border was a success. The opposition took the bait, and sided with the illegals (by not demanding action) and so alienated their base for the coming elections. Meanwhile, there will be more bogus votes for the coming elections, more anchor babies, and expansion of power to care for the imported masses. And the GOP elites will provide the power and resources, because they cannot resist the temptation of cheap labor.

In the middle east, Obama has moved nation by nation closer to the caliphate, including Iraq. In Ukraine, which contains shale oil fields the internationalists would like to pry away from Putin, he invested two years and a billion of ‘democracy training’ to stage a showdown, and split the nation, leaving the Ukraine portion deeply indebted with no one to turn to but the international bankers/IMF in return for – Ukrainian assets.

Meanwhile someone is working overtime to create a new enemy in, not THe Muslim Brotherhood, or alqaeda in syria, but Putin, who is now moving to facilitate the use of the Chnese currency as the currency of trade, which will diminish the dollar Obama has been printing thin.

IMHO a lot of this is socialist strategy, and especially the financial manipulation indicate a bigger brain than Obama. However, he is a comrade and performing not by mistake, but intent

entagor on June 30, 2014 at 12:13 AM

Obama is like the person at the birthday party who pretends to fall on the cake, so he can lick the frosting off his fingers

entagor on June 30, 2014 at 12:14 AM

An otherwise well-intentioned, but typically brainwashed and deluded friend of many years recently got caught up in the realization that the current crop of imbecile dems are for the most part, thoughtless, self-righteous monsters – and he actually went so far as to say, “No one cares”: The “no one” being that twisted, tone-deaf lib defense mechanism for “They do it too, so when we do it, it’s really, sorta not so bad”. Then he wandered off on a nostalgic trip back to the “good old” days of the “good old” master compromising LBJ, and how “wonderful” that jackass was at all he did.
But I was there, also served then, and I recall just how much of a phony, pseudo-folksy, pious back stabber LBJ was. Seeing it any other way only aligns with the mental deficiencies that have created the mind[less] set of our current [non]educational, revisionist non-history.

RL on June 30, 2014 at 8:53 AM

“How Monica Lewinsky saved social security,” wrote author and film producer Jane Hamsher in FireDogLake. “Liberals who are dreading the scandal-mania that is taking hold should note that it contains a potential upside: It could make a Grand Bargain that includes cuts to Medicare and Social Security benefits even less likely than it already is,” The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent wrote.

These people are insane.

If we are flying on an airplane over a mountain range, and the pilots are ignoring the low-fuel warning light because they are distracted by something else… I do not see this situation as something to celebrate.

s1im on June 30, 2014 at 2:18 PM