|Lyndon Baines Johnson|
To govern well, does one have to be sleazy? You look at Jimmy Carter and he was good and honest but ineffective. I look at our local politics and who got a lot done? Manny Diaz. Who else? I can't think of anyone. Why does politics have this dark side? I have no answers. Oil slick, remember? Do you have answers? If you saw it, how did the movie change your perception of Lincoln? In the movie Lincoln appeared to use these unsavory lobbyist type guys to go out and twist arms. The dynamics were all to familiar to me. The slovenly guy in the movie always eating and peddling deals reminded me of fast talking Ron Book. The movie made me rethink future presidential material. If arm twisting is necessary to be a good President, shouldn't we be electing Senators instead of Governors? I know, Senators have voting records that comes back to bite them, but Governors don't know the underbelly of Washington politics, the power of the sleazy deal.
(I took this photo of a statue of Johnson outside his Presidential Library in Texas.)