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  •  LBJ knew which skeletons were in which (4+ / 0-)

    congress member's closet and where they were located.  

    I doubt very much that any President will wield that much power again.  

    In the time it took Adam Lanza to reload, eleven children escaped. What if...

    by Sixty Something on Thu May 02, 2013 at 02:37:13 PM PDT

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    •  Not too mention the Repubs were a very different (2+ / 0-)
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      party - huge pluralities of their elected officials and voters where moderates and even ::gasp!:: liberals.  LBJ could credibly threaten to hurt those pols politically with those voters.

      Now, add on the shock of the JFK assasination and the fear of saying 'no' to a Kennedy bill...

      then add in freaking huge D majorities - more than 60 Senate before the '64 election! - made even bigger thanks to the batshitter-Thugs Goldwater revolt.

      So yeah, I kind of agree we'll ever see that perfect storm again.

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