While I strongly disapprove of how LBJ handled the Vietnam war, I think the man was magnificent in how he was able to strike deals with Congress in passing important domestic legislation, especially in comparison to the stalemate atmosphere in government today.
The Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, the creation of Medicare and VISTA, student loans, the entire War on Poverty...the list goes on. How the hell did he do it ? It seems as though such things could never be accomplished in Congress today.
Was it because LBJ was owed favors from his days as Senate Majority Leader ? Or did he just have that strong of a will and force of personality that he twisted arms until he got what he wanted ?
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