The Presidency: Consensus of a Different Kind

Lyndon Johnson, the supreme cultiva tor of consensus, last week pondered a bitter paradox. He came to the presidency with a wide consensus created by the assassination of his predecessor.

He won election in his own right be hind a consensus of unprecedented breadth. He used the mandate afforded by that consensus to steer a sweeping program through Congress. But now, as Johnson approaches the end of his fourth year as President, the only audi ble consensus in the nation is the one that is building against him.

On the farms and in the cities, in suburbs and slums, among intellectuals...

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