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  •  honestly it's hard to compare (1+ / 0-)
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    nimh

    Both you(Gpack3) and  The Dude 415 make some fair points.

    The senate wasn't as far polarized back in the 1960's as it is now. You had plenty of liberal R's and conservative D's break ranks to make congress appear much more bipartisan.

    LBJ was just one of best of deal makers when it came to passing laws out of congress. The fact that he was able to gather enough support to pass the civil rights act of 1964 with strong opposition of his southern base is a true testament to his skill. And this was before the Democrats made their massive gains in congress for the 1964 election.

    Sure if we had LBJ here today trying coral votes for ACA I'd say he'd do a little better than Obama but it would pale in comparison to what he was able to do in the 1960's. Having LBJ here today would be like having a senate leader like Reid or McConnell become president. Sure they'd have a little better leverage in the senate but I think the partisan gridlock today would greatly limit their ability to pass legislation.

    "It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument" ~William Gibbs McAdoo(D-CA)

    by lordpet8 on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 07:24:21 PM PDT

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