The Times had sacralized a Nixon con job. The fuse had been lit. And now, the fireworks began.
Why there are book groups: It’s getting harder and harder for me to keep reading, because for all his multitudinous flaws, I’ve always had a soft spot for Lyndon Baines Johnson. We won’t see a dispassionate LBJ biography until after the men who still remember their draft lottery numbers are no longer in charge of the universities and the publishing houses, but if Harry Truman can be rehabilitated, I can still hope to live long enough to see the 20th century’s most underrated President re-evaluated as he deserves…
“Fooling the people has become the name-of-the-game for a good many Republicans in Congress,” Johnson said, craning out his neck. “They have no constructive programs to fight inflation. They have no program to ease racial tensions. They don’t know what to do about crime in the streets, or how to end the war in Vietnam. But they do know that if they can scare people, they may win a few votes!”
Swap out the relevant clauses for “crime on Wall Street”” and “end the war in Afghanistan“, and the only difference is that today’s Republicans have the marketing research to know exactly how win votes by scaring people. Speaking of depressing — 45 years and counting, and the Low Information Voters among us are still stampeding staunchly into the slaughterhouse through whichever chute the Republican flaggers spook them.
What do you think?