"W" and LBJ - like Vietnam


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It's not 1966

it's 1866, and we know how that turned out.

What kills the comparison to Johnson is that Bush is term-limited and thus has no need to worry about his re-election chances. 2007 will be consumed with the designation of his successor, and 2008 will be consumed with the attempt to fulfill that succession. All he has to do is tread water for the rest of this year, then kick back outside of the spotlight and let everyone else squabble.

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Posted by David Thompson (not verified) on 23 March 2006 - 7:36am
The Crime of Hubert-is

Very true that the Constitution would have allowed Johnson to run for a second term in his own right. He chose Hubert Humphrey who dared not criticize the war, for it would have besmirched the name of his patron (Johnson). So Hubert looked like a Johnson apologist and lost to Nixon.

The rhetoric was similar to Bush, though. "Staying the course" and "if we withdraw, how will that look?" Well, except for those who have their heads in the sand, it will look exactly like it does now - the United states troops are not resolving the problem and only prolonging the agony.

Like pulling a rotted tooth, nothing is prevented by prolonging the extraction, save for the ultimate pain. In the meantime, there is additional pain.

The real problem with both Johnson and Bush is that neither can see the problem is of their own making. That they went in, and it is THEIR own face that they are trying to save.

I am not sure of your 1966 reference. Andrew Johnson? Corruption under Grant?

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Posted by Matsu on 23 March 2006 - 11:58am

was the culmination of the running feud between the Radical Republican faction in Congress who wanted to extract the price of their blood lost on the field from a prostrate South, and with Lincoln before his death and then with Johnson, whose goal seemed to be a restoration of as much of the status quo ante as possible. The mutual acrimony of the Radical faction and Johnson peaked that year and brought the Radicals a solid win at the ballot box. Flush with victory, they spent their political capital on Johnson the next year, squandering the last real opportunity to solidify any lasting social change in the South for a century. Taking their eyes off the prize, as it were. The failed impeachment broke the Radical advance, what work had been done steadily eroded without reinforcement, and 1876 simply put an official stamp on what had been reality since 1870.

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Posted by David Thompson (not verified) on 24 March 2006 - 7:49pm