How the left hated Lyndon Baines Johnson back when I was in college! “Hey, hey, LBJ, how many kids have you killed today?” A version of Macbeth—Macbird, I believe was the title–accused him of killing Kennedy among other vile deeds. He was hated because he waged the Vietnam War. And yet LBJ was the most liberal president in the post-war era, having passed more social programs than just about anyone since FDR, including the Civil Rights Bill, the various measures that constituted the War on Poverty, and the ambitious government initiatives designed to create the Great Society.
But now LBJ is back in fashion among Democrats and others on the left, nostalgic for the way he could pass social programs. [Read more…]