Saturday, August 27, 2011

Happy 103rd LBJ

image courtesy the LBJ library.

Today is LBJ's 103rd birthday. He was responsible for the Great Society programs, the war on poverty, and the escalation of the Vietnam war. Of course Kennedy started it ... but you already know that. LBJ was born in Stonewall, Texas in 1908.

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At August 27, 2011 4:05 PM, Blogger Tao Dao Man said...

Obusha should take one of LBJ's lines.

""I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your president."

Instead O took the W/Cheney baton and ran to more endless wars with out borders.

Say what they will about LBJ.
But at least he knew when enough was enough.

At August 27, 2011 6:05 PM, Blogger Jonathan Versen said...

Hi RZ, You are probably also aware of how LBJ said that supporting civil rights was likely to cost the democrats the South for a generation, but he followed through on that anyway.

But I have a hard time seeing BHO losing. The GOP base has gotten progressively nuttier, if you'll forgive the pun. They are unlikely to nominate Romney, whom I suspect is the only major candidate the dems need to worry about the general election.

I mean sure, the press is (mostly)laying off Perry now, but if he wins the nomination people will suddenly remember how he made vague noises about supporting Texas secession, and he will be made to look like an idiot.

He's been the governor for a long time here, but he hasn't had a serious electoral challenge in our admittedly mostly one-party state.

His opponents have been mediocre campaigners who just talked about how upbeat and positive and non-threatening they were, and sure enough they were right.

I'm no fan of BHO, as you may be aware, but I see him tearing Perry apart in any debates they may have.

At August 27, 2011 6:19 PM, Blogger Tao Dao Man said...

I agree that O would tear Perry up in any debate.
If the South could swallow a Mormon being on the top.
A Romney/Perry ticket would be strong.
Or they could persuade Jeb Bush into the second slot.
My feeling is that they are saving Jeb for 2016.
If Perry should get the nomination, it would open it up for an independent candidate to run.
If a TEAliban candidate gets the nod.
Then this will tell me that the GOP does not want to win this cycle.
Just like when they sacrificed Mc Cain.
Who happens to be my home state nut case.
A lot can happen between now and then.
But one thing that will not happen is O pulling out the economy, or lowering the unemployment rate.
He can not win on the economy.
This is why I think that there will be a much bigger proxy war between now and the election.
O has proven that he is a very capable "war of choice" president.

At August 27, 2011 10:09 PM, Blogger Jonathan Versen said...

I don't want to beat this into the ground, but I don't think he has to win on the economy; he just has to look like less of a nutball than his opponent.

The budget fight made the GOP look particularly bad, even if Obama shares the blame.

I don't see how any GOP nominee can distinguish himself from the republicans in congress unless he says he's willing to raise taxes on the rich, which would freak their base out.

By contrast, Obama can campaign on how we need to re-elect him and throw the tea-partiers out so he has some "sane" congresspersons to help him.


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