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  •  LBJ had 22 Republican senators (0+ / 0-)

    to help pass Medicare. He only got 83% (57) of Dems, not enough to break a 60 vote filibuster. Obama's certain 56 of 60 (93%) beats LBJ all to hell. It's the Senate, not Rahm, not Obama. Rahm is playing the only hand he has.

    •  There was a different kind of Republican (0+ / 0-)

      in LBJ's day. Some of those Republicans would be Independents or Dems in today's world. And many of those Dems would be Republicans (and some did indeed switch parties)

      LBJ had a great economy.

      He didn't have to prove how much Medicare would cost, and in fact way underestimated the costs in his 10 year projection.

      It took him over a year to get it passed, and only covered those over 65.

      1965 and 2009 are not a fair comparison.

      For some perspective:

      Democrats Could Learn From LBJ's Medicare Push - NPR, Aug 26 2009

      On the Democratic side, what Lyndon Johnson could do is much harder now because the financial situation is so much more complicated. There's an Office of Management and Budget that projects the costs out to the penny way off into the future. There are rules in Congress that say for every penny you spend, you have to find a penny in savings.

      All this makes it much more difficult, but even more than all of that, this battle is not just a battle about our health care system, it's a battle — Waterloo, as Sen. James DeMint (R-SC) put it — it's a battle over who is going to control Washington.

      If Obama fails, he's deeply injured — much more so than Johnson would have been.

      And if he succeeds, why, he succeeded at something that Roosevelt and Truman and Kennedy and Carter and Clinton couldn't do. He's bigger than life.

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