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August 21, 2014


Why We Don't Really Want a President Like LBJ

Matt Bai: "The problem with Barack Obama, people are always telling me these days, is that he just doesn't love the full contact sport of politics. He has no capacity for the inside machinations or tactical brutality we associate with a more sophisticated and celebrated president like Lyndon Johnson."

"What we really need, I guess, is an executive in the mold of a Chris Christie or an Andrew Cuomo or a Rick Perry, all of whom are more extroverted and more brazen about wielding their power as governors than Obama is -- and all of whom, not incidentally, are now fending off prosecutors and investigations while scrambling to keep their national ambitions afloat."

"And this illustrates an interesting paradox of modern politics: We love this idea of the ruthless and effective political operator, right up until the moment we're confronted by the reality."












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