July 14, 2011 Essay topic
LBJ is to Nixon as
Bush is to Obama.
Both Texans with big dreams, whose terms ended badly, followed by ideologically polarizing pragmatists (or maybe pragmatists who, given the times, couldn’t have avoided polarization).
And just as LBJ was followed by a sharp move of Democrats to the Left (McGovern), Bush was followed by the Tea Party Republicans.
Big difference: if unemployment had been 9 percent in 1972 would Nixon have beaten McGovern?