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  •  I hear your passion and (26+ / 0-)

    frustration, and I feel it too.  I too have seen some real crap presidents, and I agree, it's absolutely surreal how Nixon looks next to the GOP of today---like a walk on the beach.

    Regarding LBJ, I'm torn.  His civil rights initiatives can never be over spoken, but his inability to rise above the muck of Viet Nam was his undoing.  However, both JFK and Nixon before him, added in to his challenge.  

    Years ago I visited Washington, and the Viet Nam War Memorial. That experience is something the dictionary doesn't have words for.  It is, imo, the most amazing war memorial of all times, and not in a good way. Over 50,000 American soldiers, their each and every name engraved in granite, who to a one, died for absolutely NOTHING.  It's....well, beyond words.

    And I remember well LBJ's sad and lined face, as he withdrew from another race for the presidency.  It was ALL such a royal fuck up.

    Makes me grateful that there are still people like Barack Obama, willing to run for, to fight for, such a dubious reward as the presidency.  Frankly, I'm surprised we don't have to run a want ad for the position.

    "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

    by StellaRay on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 09:04:38 PM PST

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    •  LOL probably why we have a jaundiced view. (14+ / 0-)

      That is probably why I feared someone like Romney so much... He was willing to go to extreme lengths to get the job. Why? History will judge him probably as the worst of my generation for his liquidity on any issue. A true pig in a poke. It seems that the republican or regressives are getting worse, especially since Ii heard Crist on RMS and he sounded heads above Romney in strength of character ... or Bush baby or Reagan. Him I wouldn't actually fear winning, even if I will always vote for the Democrat.

      Fear is the Mind Killer...

      by boophus on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 09:47:04 PM PST

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      •  Unfortunately, for the Rethugs (6+ / 0-)
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        he'd be Huntsmanned before he got out of the gate.
        I agree. Poor Huntsman was the only presentable candidate during the Republican's entertaining primary circus. I worried he could give POTUS a run for his money in the general.
        But, alas, ReThugs primaried him.

        "Please proceed, Governor."

        by Dema Broad on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 08:39:44 AM PST

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        •  I worried about Huntsman in the beginning too, (1+ / 0-)
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          heh, silly us to think anyone so reasonable had a chance in today's GOP.

          "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

          by StellaRay on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 10:01:23 AM PST

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          •  Huntsman didn't realy worry me (0+ / 0-)

              He's more rational than your average Republican (not the highest bar to clear, of course, but Huntsman is pretty well-grounded), but he was woefully uncharismatic. Like it or not, that does matter in elections. Ask Al Gore.

              The guy who really DID worry me was Huckabee. He could easily pass as a regular-guy faux-populist, and he could have challenged Obama on the economy without the Wall Street millstone around his neck. I was very relieved when he sat out the race.

            "Le ciel est bleu, l'enfer est rouge."

            by Buzzer on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 01:59:23 PM PST

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