Light bulb: Trump is like LBJ

Light bulb: Trump is like LBJ
Lyndon Johnson enjoys a moment with Supreme Court nominee Abe Fortas in 1965. (Image: National Archives, LBJ Library)

[Ed. – I like John Fund, but he gets this wrong in a fundamental way.  In terms of personality and methods, Trump may have similarities to LBJ.  But LBJ was a politician’s politician whose whole purpose was to double down on the direction of the big-government Democratic Party.  Trump’s purpose doesn’t resemble that at all.  LBJ’s fellow pols were leery of his presidency because they did know what to expect.  The media and the D.C. establishment are terrified of Trump’s because they DON’T.]

During a visit to the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, I was struck by just how many parallels there are between Lyndon Johnson and Trump. Liberals knew all about Johnson’s faults in the 1960s. But it was a different, more respectful media era, and his faults were underreported. The media were also willing to overlook them until Vietnam became a fiasco, because reporters liked his domestic-policy priorities in civil rights and his new government spending. …

[F]or the media it makes little difference if Trump’s excesses are habitual or calculated. Media outlets have declared war on him because he represents what they view as an unprecedented danger. …

I don’t know just how much of a “miserable person” Donald Trump is. I do know that many conservatives have decided that regardless of their personal feelings about him, he is now president and it’s important to work with him to push through policies that will help the country. Liberals in the 1960s knew what an SOB Johnson was, but they demanded that Republicans work with him to pass legislation. And legislate they did, passing the Civil Rights Act and achieving bipartisan support for the passage of Medicare.

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