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  •  The big difference was that Johnson (13+ / 0-)

    was an entrenched beltway insider accustomed to listening to the Pentagon and others.  JFK was a relative outsider who learned the hard way, with the Bay of Pigs fiasco, that the Pentagon and beltway insiders generally were full of shit.

    He picked great personal advisers and listened to their advice and insights.  He also brought a fresh perspective and a new way to do business in Washington.  It showed.

    It's sad to think of everything he could have accomplished.

    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

    by Puddytat on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 01:26:31 PM PST

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    •  and as I said earlier, he had been in combat and (3+ / 0-)
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      probably didn't think of it as glorious.

      While Democrats work to get more people to vote, Republicans work to ensure those votes won't count.

      by Tamar on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 02:56:19 PM PST

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      •  like Chuck Hagel (1+ / 0-)
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        I remember during his confirmation how reluctant he was to go to war. He wants to be very sure something is absolutely necessary before he sends young Americans in to die. I was very happy in hearing that. No one could call him a coward, he'd been there. And learned something. Eisenhower as President, I've read somewhere recently, was appropriately reluctant in a similar way.

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